"It was Valentine's Day in Minnesota. It was cold and dark and bitter and that was just the people."
"A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets. . . . But on the 12th Floor of the Acme Building, one man is still trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions: Guy Noir, Private Eye."
Like The Firesign Theatre's Nick Danger before him, GUY NOIR is a radio parody of old radio shows, the private detective genre, and just about any other target that comes into range.
But Guy lacks the loopy anarchy and abrasive cutting edge that The Firesign Theatre often brought to their satire. And no wonder. Guy appears in a series of radio sketches by nice guy Garrison Keillor, along with Walter Bobbie and the rest of NPR's Prairie Home Companion cast, a radio show that's been on since, as Guy puts it, "Jesus was in the third grade."
Still, the skits, which range from a few minutes to close to a quarter of an hour, are generally good-natured fun, complete with all the expected cracking wise, surreal plot twists, bad/great puns and guns going off all over the place that you've come to expect from any private eye spoof worth its fedora and office bottle. And Guy's a likable enough companion for a guided tour through the not-really-that-mean streets of St. Paul, Minnesota; a good-hearted dick prone to a little existentialist musing and "Did he really say that?" dead-pan observations. Particulalry when it comes to the ladies. This guy, you see, notices things...
He works out of the downtown Acme Building, but was originally from the New England village of (everyone take a breath) Piscacatawamaquoddymoggin.
And in his quiet, unassuming way, he's infiltrated the culture, even appearing in film in the 2006 film A Prairie Home Companion, as played by Kevin Kline. In the film, the perpetually down-on-his-luck gumshow is reduced to working as a security guard at a radio show to pay the bills.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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