Mark Twain & Mike Randall Biographies
He was born Samuel Langhorn Clemens in the tiny town of Florida, Missouri and went on to become the World's best known and loved author, Mark Twain. In between he tried a little of everything. Eventually Mark Twain became a steamboat pilot-"I loved that profession far better than any I've followed since". He spent time as a newspaper reporter though he "hated to do it". He went west to seek his fortune during the Gold Rush--"oh, the dreams of our youth-how beautiful they are and yet how perishable."
When he finally put pen to paper and created such classic stories as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "Huckleberry Finn", "Innocents Abroad" and "The Prince And The Pauper", Mark Twain changed the face of American Literature forever. One place that he truly shined was on stage. Mark Twain was considered one of the funniest and most sought after speakers of his day. National and International lecture tours helped to hone his "acting skills". His hundreds of speaking engagements refined his story-telling skills to an art form. Mark Twain "In-Person" a rare treat indeed. Born in 1835, he "came in with Haley's Comet" and went out with it 75 years later in 1910 just as he had predicted. No doubt that today's stand-up comics owe a debt to the man who first made America laugh-Mark Twain Live! Mike Randall recreates the Mark Twain magic In his one-man show, "Mark Twain Live!" The Nationally Acclaimed Portrayal Of America's Greatest Humorist!
Mike Randall...began impersonating America's greatest author at the age of seventeen! Two years later he was winning rave reviews at "The Buffalo Showboat". At age 20 he had given a command performance at the State Department in Washington, D.C., and one year later he brought his rendition of the "Celebrated Humorist" to New York City's only Dinner-Theatre, "The Little Hippodrome".
Twenty-eight years and more than two thousand performances later, Mike Randall continues to enjoy his close encounter with Mark Twain. Mike Randall has brought "Mark Twain Live!" to dinner theaters, regional theaters, opera houses, schools, colleges, churches and private clubs around the country, delivering a "Breathtaking performance of remarkable subtlety and depth".
Three hours of make-up combined with the actor's mannerisms, speech and Twain's actual words create a startling realistic portrait of "America's original stand-up comic-Mark Twain!"
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