Garrison Keillor getting the 'Prairie Home' band back together for Christmas

The former host was fired by MPR in 2017 after allegations of inappropriate behavior.
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Garrison Keillor is reuniting many of his former "companions" for a one-off Christmas show in Minneapolis this November.

The former "A Prairie Home Companion" host will be bringing back much of the cast, including actors Tim Russell and Sue Scott, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and sound effects "wizard" Fred Newman and regular vocalist Heather Masse for the show at the Pantages Theater Nov. 30.

Called "Prairie Home Christmas Show," Keillor's website says it'll be the show "you've been missing on your radio dial ever since Keillor’s retirement in 2016," noting to expect "witty scripts, parody songs, sweet duets, and of course, the latest News from Lake Wobegon."

The show will also be playing in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco, with presale for tickets beginning Aug. 26.

Keillor has been ramping up his touring schedule this year, with upcoming events including a show with long running "Prairie Home" pianist Rich Dworsky in Faribault Aug. 24, and a State Fair-themed show at Crooners Lounge in Minneapolis Sept. 1.

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The show at the Pantages will come almost two years to the day after Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with Keillor after a female coworker made allegations of "inappropriate behavior" against him.

After the Christmas shows, Keillor will be joined by many of his old radio colleagues for the "A Prairie Home Companion" Caribbean cruise in spring 2020.

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