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Mark Twain Live coming to the David A. Howe Library on September 20


WNY Weatherman Mike Randall as Mark Twain Live!

This year popular weatherman Mike Randall will celebrate his 50th anniversary of performing MARK TWAIN LIVE!

Mike Randall began impersonating America’s greatest author at the age of seventeen, with his first show being May 1972 at Rosary Hill College (now Daemen College) in Buffalo. Two years later he was winning rave reviews at The Buffalo Showboat. At age 20 he had given a command performance at the State Department in Washington, D.C., and one year later he brought his rendition of the “Celebrated Humorist” off-Broadway to New York City’s only Dinner-Theatre, The Little Hippodrome. In five decades and more than two thousand performances later, Mike Randall continues to enjoy his close encounter with Mark Twain. He is the only Mark Twain impersonator to be formally acknowledged by the Daughters of The American Revolution for his authenticity. He has brought Mark Twain Live! to dinner theaters, regional theaters, opera houses, schools, colleges, churches, private clubs, corporations, associations, museums, libraries, and historical societies around the country, delivering a “Breathtaking performance of remarkable subtlety and depth”. Mark Twain Live! was endorsed by the Mark Twain Museum of Buffalo and Mike was the official Mark Twain of The Annual Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville California for a decade, and the Annual Mark Twain Birthday Bash & Symposium in Buffalo. Several hours of makeup combined with the actor’s mannerisms, speech and Twain’s actual words create a startling realistic portrait of “America’s original stand-up comic-Mark Twain”.

Mike is the senior Meteorologist at WKBW-TV Channel 7 in Buffalo. He is also an AP and UPI award winning feature reporter and has been with WKBW-TV since August 1983. He was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame in September 2017. Prior to coming to WKBW-TV, Mike worked as a Co-Host of PM Magazine at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut and at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia. He received his Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University and has received the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. A Career highlight for Mike was filling in on Good Morning America. Mike is also an award winning playwright. His plays, including Shoot the Weatherman and Guns and Roses, have been produced at Buffalo’s Alleyway Theatre.

Come see Mark Randall as Mark Twain Live! on Tuesday September 20th at 7pm in the Nancy Howe Auditorium at the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 North Main Street in Wellsville NY. This program is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the library Main Desk, Alco Federal Credit Union in Wellsville, or at the door the night of the show.

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