Mark Twain, as impersonated by Carl Martens, not only follows in the footsteps of the iconic Hal Holbrook but augments his presence on stage by bringing into focus his experiences from "the beyond" associating with famous individuals who no longer inhabit this planet. All the wit and wisdom continue to permeate his performances, along with some musical talents that few knew Mr. Twain possessed...from playing the piano to conducting an orchestra.
Carl has decades of experience, not only as an actor, director, and professional musician, but also as a published author and Public Speaking Workshop facilitator.
He has performed for the National Speakers Association, University of California San Diego, various corporations, non-profit organizations, and religious/spiritual organizations.
When Mark Twain Today performs for your group or organization, it REALLY IS MARK TWAIN! Mr. Martens brings Mr. Twain's wit, wisdom, and humor to the delight of every audience. At the same time, he reveals little known tidbits of some of the people within your organization. He also, "from where he is now," (you get to choose, Heaven or Hell...), and goes beyond the legend of Hal Holbrook, by expanding the reach of Mr. Twain, including original stories of other personalities from the past, like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare, Yogi Berra, and many others.
What do others say about his performances
"First there was Mark Twain. Then there was Hal Holbrook. And now there's Carl Martens.
The tradition, the talent, and the wisdom live on. Thank God!"
Gregory Godek, author "How to be Mildly Brilliant"
"You got the man down well. It belies the expression, aNever the Twain shall meet!'"
Clark Eide, author "A Monk's Way"
"I loved it! I liked Carl's Mark Twain better than Holbrook's!
A unique blend of Mississippi, mid-western, and New England twang!"
Scott Davis, author "Blurbs" & book editor
Carl has the ability, at your corporate function, fundraiser, or any type of special event, to keep an audience in a state of anticipation, resulting in a state of constant amusement throughout the performance. Very few speakers have the notoriety, believability, or unique delivery of Mark Twain.
Contact this legendary American writer/humorist/speaker today - and invite him to provide memorable entertainment for your function. A presentation that stands on its own, imparting ageless humor on age-old truths.
Mr. Twain said it best, "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand".
How to hire Mark Twain Today for an event
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Frequently Asked Questions about booking Mark Twain Today.
Mark Twain Today's current work schedule and location in relation to your event's type, date, budget, and locality will play a primary factor in the acceptance of booking Mark Twain Today for your party. As long as your funding is commensurate to the price range to book Mark Twain Today, CTI will propose your event to the official agency representing Mark Twain Today. After we consult with them, we can circle back with you to provide a personal and accurate quote that includes: final costs, availability, and actual interest in being hired for your specific event or party.
CTI can give you the Mark Twain Today booking price once we submit your event details to their camp. "How much does it cost to book Mark Twain Today for an event?" is a frequent question we get, but the final Mark Twain Today booking price is contingent on many variables and the booking fee we show is based on a range derived from our past experience with what will Mark Twain Today charge for an event. Also, their speaking fee might be different than the fee shown for the cost to perform or to just appear. Popularity, career stage, along with current demand will cause fluctuations in their speaking price too. The final booking price may be more than what is shown, but you should at least have a budget within that range for them to consider an appearance, performance or speaking engagement.
There is low probability to book Mark Twain Today for a party with anything substantially less than the published booking cost price range. We will negotiate with the Mark Twain Today agent on your behalf, but if your funding is not in place then it will more difficult to book Mark Twain Today, because they get many offers to work events that are at or above asking price. It is also important to consider the travel costs when researching the Mark Twain Today booking fee, as additional expenses like this, as well as an entourage of staff and equipment, are not necessarily built-in to the booking fee range shown. If your budget does not factor that in, then there is no benefit for them to want to be hired. We do not personally speak for Mark Twain Today, but in our experience in booking talent for over 25 years, this is generally the outcome of inadequate funding.
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