APPLETON, Minn. - The public is invited to be a part of a live TV audience for a new regional variety program featuring a mixture of comedy, ventriloquism and Minnesota performers. The taping session for Minneshowta will be held Sunday, October 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Edson Auditorium on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. The event is free, refreshments will be served and the first 75 audience members attending will receive a free Minneshowta hat, t-shirt or other door prize. For more information visit or call Kayla Hawkinson at 1-800-726-3178.

Minneshowta is the brainchild of comedic ventriloquist James Wedgwood. Wedgwood received a legacy grant from the Lake Region Arts Council to create a pilot episode for the show with Pioneer Public Television. The program will feature performances by the a cappella group The Sound Exchange and comedienne Mary Rowles, along with a humorous profile of Vining, Minnesota. The show will air on Pioneer Public TV in 2018, and if successful, additional episodes will be created and aired.

For more information visit or call 800-726-3178.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.