“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 183 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 Casual Winter Conversation

With The Ghost of Mark Twain (McAvoy Layne)

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

The Trouble Begins at Seven With a Tour of the Gallery


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.”


Testimonial from Scott – Party of Four…

“It’s not often that we can cross paths with someone as gifted and entertaining as McAvoy. His presentation of Mark Twain is rich and very entertaining. He also left our entire family feeling that we had been in the presence of genuinely good man.  Bravo McAvoy!”


Testimonial from Dave & Becky-  Party of Five…

“We need a lot more stars to rate this Mark Twain experience, he’s at least an 18-star experience! It was so much more than we expected! The venue was warm and inviting. Mac is brilliant and passionate regarding all things Mark Twain and life in general. We literally laughed and cried. Everyone needs to see him!”


Testimonial from Dr. Smith party of two…

“What a wonderful evening!!  McAvoy IS Mark Twain and he captures his spirit. We spent two hours in Mark’s home learning of his life. We felt we were there with Mark Twain reliving his exploits. In addition, we shared our stories and felt like we were in Samuel Clemens actual presence. McAvoy is delightful and we could not recommend him higher! What a font of knowledge and a joy to be with for an extended evening!  We will be back!!” 

Testimonial from the ORourke’s party of five…

“It was quaint, lovely, illuminating and entertaining plus poetic. These are the descriptions applied to the evening by the kids in my family ranging from 13 to 20 in age. Mac has large amounts of Twain memorized and he dramatizes the character as he tells you about his (Twain’s) love of his wife, the Tahoe area and other aspects of the author’s life. It is also fascinating to meet a man (Mac) who has created a life around bringing Twain alive for school children, families, seniors and oddly Russians! Apparently, they really love Twain in Russia. We spent a thought provoking and quiet evening with Twain. It was a very unique experience.  All perfect, we felt nothing but welcomed.”

Testimonial from Crum’s  – Party of Six… 

“We had an absolutely amazing evening, an evening spent in McAvoy’s own home surrounded by incredible historical Twain treasures.  Anyone looking for a unique evening of entertainment should definitely consider his charming venue.”

Testimonial from  Cari – Party of Two…

This is an adventure that we have recounted to our family and friends and is probably the most memorable evening in our 25 years of marriage. Thank you McAvoy for a wonderful evening.”

Testimonial from Minahans – Party of Six…

“What a wonderful evening we spent with McAvoy and Mark Twain. He is a wealth of knowledge and very entertaining. We had a mixed group of young adults to grandparents and everyone enjoyed it, we can’t wait to read a few more Twain books .”


For Information & Arrangements or 775-833-1835 

(Rather populate a location of your choice? We can do that too!)


McAvoy Layne is the Ghost of Mark Twain


Programs Tailored to Meet Your Special Needs

That Won’t Burst Your Budget

(Customarily $600)



The book that reveals the relevance of Mark Twain today has arrived…



Scofield’s Annual Cowboy Campfire, Red Mule Ranch, Fiddletown, CA


530 448-6568 –


An Evening with Mark Twain

(McAvoy Layne)

at Bowers Mansion

Evening of June 14

The Trouble Begins at Seven

Information at 775-849-1825



Join McAvoy on the Mississippi this Summer

Aboard the American Cruise Lines Paddlewheeler

Queen of the Mississippi

St. Louis to St. Paul 8/24 to 8/31

St. Paul to St. Louis 8/31 to 9/7


St. Louis – St. Paul 9/17-9/24

St. Paul – St Louis 9/24-10/1

St. Louis – St. Paul 10/1-10/8



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 2018.
Click on Chautauqua-Central above for a sneak preview…