With his radio show debuting on DVD A Prairie Home Companion: 30th Broadcast Season Celebration the man hose voice is better known than his face reflects on success from Lake Wobegon.
You're not a taskmaster after all this time?
The secret of longevity is to surround yourself with people more talented than you. I feel a big relief when other people steal the show.
Watching the sound effects guys is amazing.
They're very intense. You have to use a lot of physical force to make a chicken cluck or dog bark.
Why does your dry humor work so well?
Jokes are like electric prods you poke people and they jump, but that's not what they crave from radio. They're looking for a familiar voice and a friend.
What'll be the biggest visual surprise?
People are surprised I'm taller than they thought. They have a clear idea in their minds of what I should look like.
Well, they're too polite to say.