“Over the years, I have witnessed live performances
by many of show business’ top comedians

and read the words of a great many excellent writers.
Never have the two abilities been combined
as well as they are in the case of McAvoy Layne.” 

-Reno public relations legend, Harry Spencer

Jackass Hill

He might be the most conceited ass in the territory, but at 181 he can golf his age…

Rick Gunn Photo

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

“McAvoy is an ambassador of the arts wherever he performs.”
-Judith Clark, Director, Nevada State Council on the Arts

With over 4,000 performances spanning 30 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.



Enjoy a 90 Minute Fireside Conversation

With The Ghost of Mark Twain (McAvoy Layne)

With Your Party of Four at Twain-Layne Haven

(Mark Twain’s Tahoe Home)

Bring a Beverage of Choice on the Evening of Your Choice

The Trouble Begins at Seven 

For Information & Arrangements


June 22 – Governor’s Mansion, Carson City

Mark Twain’s Nevada – SOLD OUT

Doors open at 6pm, the trouble begins at 6:30

reservations required – 775-687-4810 ext. 224

$8 for adults

free for NV State Museum members

and ages 17 and under


July 8, 2017

Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire

Old West Trio, Ron Scofield & Mark Twain


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“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 2017.
Click on Chautauqua-Central above for a sneak preview…


Coming in January
The book that reveals the relevance of Mark Twain today
The Secret Lives of Pine Nuts