Mark Twain, Live!

Mike Randal as Mark Twain
Mike Randal as Mark Twain

$3500 – 5500 + USA

Travels from New York, USA

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” off-broadway to New York City’s only Dinner-Theatre, “The Little Hippodrome”.

Mark Twain Live!
Mark Twain Live!

Over forty years and more than two thousand performances later, Mike Randall continues to enjoy his close encounter with Mark Twain. Mike Randall is the only Mark Twain impersonator to be formally acknowledged by the Daughters of The American Revolution for his authenticity! Mike Randall has brought “Mark Twain Live!” to dinner theaters, regional theaters, opera houses, schools, colleges, churches and private clubs, corporations, associations, museums, libraries, and historical societies around the country, delivering a “Breathtaking performance of remarkable subtlety and depth”.

“Mark Twain Live!” is endorsed by the Mark Twain Museum of Buffalo. Mike Randall was the official “Mark Twain” of The Annual Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville California for a decade and became a question on the game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. Several hours of makeup 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”!

Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol

See Charles Dickens present his most popular holiday tale, A Christmas Carol! This is NOT a reading! Mr. Dickens acts out more than 25 characters just the way he presented the story on his popular tours all over the world in the 1800’s.

The show can be presented in two acts, with each act about 50 minutes, or in a one act-one hour version especially for libraries, senior groups and private

Mark Twain, Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol
Mark Twain: Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol

functions. The show is available only in November & December with booking beginning about mid-year.

“a talented actor and magnetic stage presence…when Randall loses himself in one of those Dickensian bouts of rich description, he’s at the top of his game.” Buffalo News

Mark Twain & Mike Randall  Biographies

Mark Twain
Mark Twain

 

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 Randal
Mike Randal

 

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!”

WKBW-TV Buffalo, NY

Mike Randall
Mike Randall

Humbled & delighted to be inducted into the Buffalo Broadcating Hall of Fame in September 2017

For thirty-four years I have been working at WKBW-TV in various capacities including: Feature reporter, Chief Meteorologist, Morning Show co-anchor and kid’s show host on the popular Rocketship 7.

I have had my hair done with John Candy, sung like Robert Goulet to Robert Goulet and put together hundreds of feature pieces about Western New York’s fascinating people and places spanning three decades. You can find some of my work on You Tube.

I have the AMS Seal of Approval and the NWA Seal of Approval and have won a number of awards for my feature stories. As a meteorologist I have covered blizzards & floods and as a feature reporter I’ve reported on Woodstock ’94, Political Conventions, and dozens of local ghost stories.

Voted Buffalo’s Favorite Weathercaster 2015 in the www.weatherist.com poll.

“He has replaced two Channel 7 legends – feature reporter Don Polec and weatherman Tom Jolls – and has become one in the process.” Alan Pergament |Buffalo News 2013

Video

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 Testimonials

“From the moment you made your grand entrance you captivated the audience.  Our guests thoroughly enjoyed your humorous and energetic performance.  You have perfected it well and we continue to hear positive comments about the evening.  Thanks for being such an easy keeper. As Director of Public Programs for the museum, I deal with many performers, actors, musicians, etc. and I have to say you are one of the easiest performers to deal with.  Thank you for making my job a little easier.  I hope I get the pleasure of working with you again in the near future.”
Michelle Worden, Director Of Public Programs, Genesee Country Village & Museum

“Thank you for your great presentation at The Fox!  Your Mark Twain Live! was enjoyed by all!  Mark Twain was an amazing character and you made him come to life for our audience.  Thank you also for being a professional who was delight to work with.  You made scheduling and all of our arrangements so easy.  And you were very accessible to our local media, which always helps with the success of any performance.  We’d love to have you back again.”
Marcia Mortensson, Executive Director Visalia Fox Theatre

“Dear Michael, as you know, I,  at one time held the dramatic rights to the life of Mark Twain and wrote the screen play,  “The Adventures of  Mark Twain”, produced by Warner Brothers with Frederick March in the role of Twain.  Imagine my delight at seeing your remarkable performance in your one-man presentation at the Ike Murry Dinner Theatre in Little Rock!  I couldn’t help but wish that you had played Twain instead of March in the big feature picture.  Your interpretation of America’s Great Humorist was all that I visualized Twain to be in real life.  Your every gesture, your intonations, your timing, your facial expressions, your changes of pace, your sensitive handling of the wide range of Twain’s humorous and philosophic commentaries made it seem as though Twain himself, had returned to life.  I am sure that every member of the audience was as moved as I was by your performance.”
Harold Sherman, Author Of  “The Adventures Of Mark Twain” Mountain View,  Arkansas

“Thank you one more time for the outstanding performance in Chautauqua.  You would have enjoyed the afterglow of the evening as many of the conference guests sat on the porch in the moonlight  recounting the stories and presentation Mark Twain delivered so delightfully.  It was fulfilling for me as again I felt pride sharing one of our “hometown celebrities” with colleagues from across the state.  As a first attendee of “Mark Twain Live!” I will not hesitate to take advantage of a repeat performance.”
Phyllis Gentner, Director of Volunteer Services At DeGraff Hospital Of  Kaleida Health
Co-Chair Of Developement Conference At The Athenaeum Hotel, Chautauqua Institution, NY

“Terrific performance!  It was great to have you here at Fredonia Opera House, and I hope the experience was as enjoyable for you as it was for us.  I have had several calls since Saturday with people just effusing praise for your performance…thanks for being part of our opening season.”
David Munnel, Executive Director, The 1891 Fredonia Opera House

“We consider your performance an overwhelming success.  LJSL had a wonderful time presenting this event to the city of Lockport and it was well received.  We calculate that there were upwards of 800 in attendance.  We are still collecting the revenues from the outlets.  The city is still talking about it
today and will probably continue to do so for some time to come.”
Kim Hurd, Treasurer, Lockport Junior Service League

“Mike proved to be a true professional.  He visited the club in advance and worked with me on all the details including sound, lighting and timing.  As a result, our audience enjoyed a perfect evening…Everyone was well pleased.  I enthusiastically recommend his show as a special treat”
Sue Iudice, Manager, Lancaster Country Club

“Mike Randall’s performance of Mark Twain was not only witty and humorous, in true Twain style, but was superb entertainment suitable for all ages.  Randall’s poignant portrayal captured the timeless, yet captivating mannerisms of an American milestone figure.  The performance was definitely a recreation done  in a skillful charming way.  MARK TWAIN LIVE: a must see!!!
Richard S. Adle, Assistant Vice President Of Student Life, Hilbert College

“I would like to thank you for your presentation at the 5th Annual Mark Twain Birthday Party and Symposium.   I had heard your portrayal of Twain was very good, but I was not prepared for the absolutely perfect and tremendously humorous performance… please know that the faculty and staff of Niagara University appreciate your contributions to the education and the entertainment of our students.”
Nancy E. McGlen, Acting Dean/ Niagara University, College of Arts and Sciences

“Dear Mike, or should I say  ‘Mr. Twain’?  What a great job you did at the opening of the Mark Twain Exhibit at the Library.  Your performance was superb.”
Nancy A. Naples, Erie County Comptroller

“Your performance was fantastic!  It was a very successful event for Lockport Junior Service League and a wonderful event for the community. You are a delight to work with and maybe we’ll have an opportunity to work together again.  On behalf of Lockport Junior Service League and myself –
thank you!”
Sue Cassidy, President, Lockport Junior Service League

“You were terrific!  Anyone who missed your presentation at the Central Library on May 12th, missed the best Mark Twain to visit Buffalo in a century.  When we have another special event that lends itself to another appearance by America’s first stand-up comic, you’ll be the man I call.   Everyone would love to have you visit us again.”
Michael Mahaney, Assistant Deputy Director Community Relations, Buffalo & Erie County Library

“Mike Randall’s presentation of “Mark Twain Live!” was a delight and played to a packed house at Chautauqua Institution.  Twain once stated that the reports of his death were greatly exaggerated.  Let it be known that the quality of Mike Randall’s  portrayal is not greatly exaggerated.  He is terrific!”
Marty Merkley, Director Of Entertainment/ Chautauqua Institution