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By Jerry Dobson
One Friday evening in November
2013, I saw Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain at the Lied Center on the University of
Kansas campus in Lawrence, KS.
Now, tie yourself down so you don't
float away: I say without question that yours is by far the better
When I saw you perform in Fairfield, Iowa, I laughed more and felt
more comfortable with Twain himself. Plus, I think you are far more engaged
with the audience. You stepped on the stage and started conversing with us as
if we were meeting in the lobby, not sitting distant in an auditorium. You
leaned over the podium just enough to make us feel that you were reaching out to
us. Then we had that quiet chat with you in the armchair that you incorporate
so effectively into your show.
A KU professor, who is a true expert on
Twain, spoke to us at a dinner preceding the performance, and she was really
interesting. She didn't talk at all about Twain's humor; rather his various
styles of performance, his mannerisms, and his fluctuating revenues. She
pointed out that Clemens wrote far more edgy stuff than Twain would use in his
public performances, because he knew it would alienate audiences and likely
reduce his revenues. She said Holbrook sometimes incorporates some of the edgy
stuff, and gauges his audience to see how far he can go with it. I think we saw
that happen Friday. When he hammered on Congress the audience started out
laughing. When it got too edgy, they stopped clapping, and he switched abruptly
to a story about Noah's Flood.
He did one character reading in which he
spoke as Huck, Pap, and Jim. When I think of how well you did with Huck and all
including Becky Thatcher, I'm stunned.
I knew you were
good, but seeing "the best" helped me realize just how good you really are, and
I like your mix of Clemens with Twain. Keep up the good work.
- Jerome E. "Jerry" Dobson, Professor of Geography, University
of Kansas ( http://www.geog.ku.edu/ )
- President, American Geographical Society ( http://www.amergeog.org )
- Jefferson Science Fellow, U. S. Department of State & National
- Co-Author, The Waters of Chaos (
Colleges and Schools
University of Montana
Centralia College, Centralia, WA
Walter State College, Morristown, TN
Lewis and Clark State College, Lewiston, ID
Peddie Prepatory School, Princeton, NJ
Connections Academy, Atlanta, GA
East Arizona State, Safford, AZ
Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Mr. Sutton's performance and speeches of "Mark Twain Businessman" is based
on years of research and development to assure that the best of the writer's humorous and timeless stories are delivered with
the appropriate nuance and impact of the period. Material is selected from Twain's writings which cover the expectations
of the business audience. Mr. Sutton also speaks with authority on subjects as diverse as motivation, planning, managing others,
and other business issues reflected from his 25 year experience as a management and sales consultant and trainer.
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Business Meetings and Conferences
"Mark Twain Businessman", delivers Twain's insights, wit and humor based on his experience as a businessman.
Twain has much to say about:
* Business Relationships
* Money and Investment
* And More
As America's greatest humorist Twain delivers his experiences and observation on these topics in
a manner that is funny and thought provoking. With Twain's material and the theatrics of the presentation Mr. Sutton has created
an event that is definitely NOT your usual and predictable meeting speech.