Chuck Klosterman, Patton Oswalt, Neil Gaiman, more coming to town for MPR's 'Wits'

This morning, MPR revealed the lineup for its new season of "Wits," the charismatic and adventurous radio show presented at the Fitzgerald with host John Moe (the tech reporter for American Public Media's "Marketplace") and resident musician John Munson (the Twilight Hours, Semisonic).

It's hard to explain "Wits," simply because you never know what kind of random events might unfold during the show. At one of the programs I caught last season at the Fitzgerald, acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman made a surprise appearance along with OK Go's Damian Kulash (who was in town to perform at Rock the Garden), and the whole thing ended with guest John Hodgman strumming a ukulele and leading the gang through the nerdiest rendition of "Happy Together" the internet has ever seen.

Gaiman will return as a scheduled guest this season, along with Breckenridge, Minnesota-born writer Chuck Klosterman, comedians Patton Oswalt and Sandra Bernhard, and Roseanne Cash.

The season kicks off March 25 and will once again be hosted by John Moe with "musical guide" John Munson. Here's the full schedule:

Patton Oswalt
Friday, March 25, 2011, 8:00 p.m.
With musical guest Grant Lee Phillips and phone-in guest Paul F. Tompkins

Chuck Klosterman
Friday, April 15, 2011, 8:00 p.m.

Sandra Bernhard and Rosanne Cash
Friday, May 20, 2011, 8:00 p.m.

Neil Gaiman
Friday, June 24, 2011, 8:00 p.m.

Series package tickets are $100 for 4 shows and are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale February 8 ($32 for non-members, $30 for members). Tickets can be purchased through the Fitzgerald Theater box office at 651-290-1200. 

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