Chad Lundquist/Nevada Appeal MacAvoy Lane, portraying Mark Twain, talks about the selection of "Morning in Nevada" as the design for the Nevada quarter Tuesday morning at the coin's launch ceremony.

“McAvoy is an ambassador of the arts wherever he performs.”

-Judith Clark, Director, Nevada State Council on the Arts

Jackass Hill

He might be the most conceited ass in the territory, but at 180 he can golf his age…

Rick Gunn Photo

“McAvoy Layne is the second best impressionist of Mark Twain in the world.”
-Mama Layne

With over 4,000 performances spanning 29 years of full-time experience, McAvoy will tailor a show to embrace your special interests, whether they be golf, business, or anything in-between.  From touching wedding toasts to hilarious roasts, to 90 minute theater performances, McAvoy will work within your time constraints without bursting your budget.


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An Afternoon with MARK TWAIN

Feb. 11th  2:00pm in  Auburn, CA
Mark Twain Impressionist
McAvoy Layne
has entertained audiences for over 29 years in Nevada,  

Northern California, Russia and Europe.  

His ‘wit and wisdom’ will take you into the world

of Samuel Clemens of the 1800s…




April 29 & 30 – 2017
Genoa Cowboy Festival
TEL: 775-782-8696
2289 Main Street • P.O. Box 14 • Genoa, NV 89411


June 1-11, 2017

Travel with Mark Twain (McAvoy Layne)

in the footsteps of A Tramp Abroad

Visit the sights in Germany & Switzerland

where Mark Twain lived and wrote

stay in some castle hotels,

and enjoy the Black Forest and Swiss Alps

with Mark Twain as your companion






McAvoy Layne – 29 year impressionist of Mark Twain

Will hold forth at your dining room table

To answer questions your party might have on any subject

He is also willing to share the secrets of his longevity (180 years)

And some etiquette on getting into heaven

(Don’t try to take a selfie with St. Peter)

There is a modest honorarium for this private audience

A small pittance For the amount of wit & wisdom you will assimilate

775-833-1835 –

Patrick Wilkes Photo


Twain-Shiloh NV150

“Home Means Nevada”
An up-beat, humorous story of Nevada
As told by Mark Twain (McAvoy Layne)
With music from Shiloh, (Julie Machado & Tim Gorelangton)
Music that gives wings to Nevada’s story


McAvoy & Shiloh have recorded a spoken word song
“Citizens of the World”
that they intend to have translated 
into 200 languages…


Tahoe Epedition Academy 2015

McAvoy is working on a distance learning platform for living history in the classroom,
an innovative approach to be launched in 2016.
Click on Chautauqua-Central above for a sneak preview…


To promote Chautauqua, McAvoy is presently writing a book,
The Secret Lives of Pine Nuts