LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some 18,000 fans at the Hollywood Bowl will be transported to Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, Friday night as writer and humorist Garrison Keillor hosts his final episode of the old-style variety show “A Prairie Home Companion” after 42 years on public radio.

Keillor’s farewell will include “Companion’s” best-known segment, “News From Lake Wobegon,” folksy reports from a fictional town where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

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“Companion” attracts three million listeners in the U.S., many more counting its Armed Forces Radio audiences worldwide. Keillor’s final show airs Saturday night.

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Wobegon leaves the show with Keillor, but the 73-year-old will keep it alive onstage, and he’s working on a “Wobegon” screenplay.

“Companion” returns in October with new host Chris Thile.

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