“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 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 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 Lisa & Jeff party of two…

“McAvoy is a master at depicting Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain.
We enjoyed a lovely evening of Mark Twain renditions and great conversation with McAvoy.
Not only was it supremely interesting to listen to Mark Twain’s view of the world,
it was poignantly relevant since Mark Twain spent so much time in the Carson Valley/Tahoe area.
McAvoy is a must see during your visit. ”
Lisa & Jeff


Testimonial – Crum 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.”


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



 Life on the Mississippi

Paddlewheeler Cruise with McAvoy Layne

The Ghost of Twain

November 9-17, 2018

Celebrate Mark Twain’s 183d Birthday
With the ‘Ghost of Mark Twain’
30 Year Impressionist McAvoy Layne.
Enjoy private Gatherings of our group with McAvoy as he tells delightful tales of Life on the Mississippi.
Visit historical sights along the river such as the Civil War Battlefield at Vicksburg and Natchez with it’s lovely historic homes.
Cruise on the new America Paddlewheeler for a journey from New Orleans to Memphis with a Pre-cruise night in New Orleans.

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Old West Trio & Mark Twain Together Again
December 7 – Lunch
Elks Lodge, Auburn, CA 
Tickets 530-885-0679



530 448-6568 –


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…