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Humorist Garrison Keillor paid homage to one of his heroes when he broadcast his weekly radio show live from the Mark Twain House and described himself as "one of Mark Twain's children."

Calling Twain "a beautifully funny and kind and terrible man," Keillor said in his live show Saturday that he owed the author a great debt. "I'm so happy to be one of Mark Twain's children in my own way," he said. "He's the father of us all who write humorous, semi-humorous stuff."

The two-hour presentation of "Garrison Keillor's American Radio Company," set in the historic 19th century house where Mark Twain wrote classics like "Huckleberry Finn" and "Life on the Mississippi," focused on Twain's humor and consisted largely of readings from his work.

The show also featured live performances of music, including spirituals, which Keillor said were Twain's favorite songs, and the work of Wagner, whose music Keillor said Twain loathed.

"It's good to shake up a memorial," said Keillor, best known for his radio shows and his book "Lake Wobegon Days."

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