Ghost of Twain


For thirty years now, in over four thousand performances from Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City to Leningrad University in Russia, McAvoy has been preeminent in preserving the wit & wisdom of The Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope, Mark Twain. McAvoy is a winner of the Nevada Award for Excellence in School and Library Service, and author of the book just released… Huck Finally Graduates. McAvoy plays the ghost of Samuel Clemens in the Biography Channel’s episode of Mark Twain, and in the Discovery Channel’s Cronkite Award winning documentary, 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.' Says McAvoy, “It’s like being a Monday through Friday preacher, whose sermon, though not reverently pious, is fervently American.”

My Skillset



My Passion




“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

“The voice of McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain is a song that will play in your head long after you see his performance.  Literacy is a cause McAvoy has a great passion to promote. McAvoy is a generous and giving person, always reaching a hand out to help non-profit organizations help the less fortunate.  McAvoy Layne, Samuel Clemens, and Mark Twain: different names for the same endearing character.”–Lynn Ossolinski, President of the Nevada Library Association




An Evening With The Wild Humorist Of The Pacific Slope

Saturday Night - June 1st

The Trouble Begins at Seven

Tickets Available at Art Truckee & 

$20 Early Bird & $25 at the Door

10072 Donner Pass Rd. 2nd Floor, Truckee, CA 96161


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  Enjoy a Casual Conversation With The Ghost of Mark Twain  With Your Party of 2-6 at Twain-Layne Haven (McAvoy’s Tahoe Home.)   Bring a Beverage of Choice on the Evening of Your Choice. We supply the glasses, "I DRANK WITH THE GHOST OF MARK TWAIN" for you to take home. The Trouble Begins at Seven With a Tour of the Gallery (HOURS ADJUSTABLE) All For a Modest Donation of $75 a Nose (as suggested & approved by previous guests.) 

Testimonial from Ryan – Party of five...

“Charming and intimate, this experience is a unique look into the life of Mark Twain guided by a warm and passionate scholar.”


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