Warren Brown Portrays Mark Twain! …Catch The Twain

Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of
the American Civil War

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The Private History of a Campaign That FailedThe Private History of a Campaign That Failed

Samuel L. Clemens speaks of exploits, prior, during, and after the Civil War. He shares reflections and comments of the conflict that pitted brother against brother and almost divided our country. Clemens was the next door neighbor to Harriet Beecher Stowe. Sam reveals the ideology they shared on warfare and slavery.

Hear how President Abraham Lincoln profoundly influences Sam’s life. Another story tells of two men, Mark Twain and U.S. Grant, who became close friends and collaborators and within fifteen months, alters their lives and changes the course of American literature and history by publishing the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885.

An experienced printer, journalist, lecturer, and storyteller, Mark Twain sprinkles factual antidotes into this entertaining lecture. “How pale is a theory in the presence of a fact.”

Another first-person Chautauqua-style program by Studs Terkel award winner Warren Brown. An uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain’s stories and lecture series which promote an appreciation for humanity. It’s educational, inspirational, and historically amusing. Mr. Brown has performed more than 1000 programs throughout the United States since 1996 and is endorsed by the Illinois Arts Council and National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Historic Figures Talk Free Land for
2014 Nebraska Chautauqua

Historic figures talk Free Land for 2014 Nebraska Chautauqua

2014 Nebraska Chautauquans. L-R: George Washington Carver, Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Chief Standing Bear, General Grenville Dodge, and Willa Cather.

The Nebraska Chautauqua experience revolves around scholar portrayals of historical figures under the big Chautauqua tent. Each Chautauquan gives a first-person presentation as his or her historical character and then answers questions from the audience.

This year, humorist Mark Twain moderates the evening presentations of five historical figures: Union General and railroad builder Grenville Dodge, author Willa Cather, Ponca Chief Standing Bear, homesteader and inventor George Washington Carver, and homesteader and author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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Chautauqua 2013 Comes To Papillion, Nebraska with “Mark Twain”


Thanks to Torri Pantaleon – Video Producer, City of Papillion, NB,
the City of Papillion, NB and Humanities Nebraska for
creating this interview opportunity.

The purpose of my Program is to inspire people to look at things differently and create new possibilities bridging lessons of history with the demands of contemporary living.

Against The Assault of Laughter, Nothing Can Stand – Mark Twain

Warren Brown, a Mark Twain scholar, received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for his Chautauqua-style portrayal of Samuel Clemens, “bridging the lessons of history with the demands of contemporary living.”

Storytelling Promoting Literacy & Literature at your next Event.
Mark Twain has shaped our views of who and what America is as a nation and of who and what we might become.

Warren Brown’s uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain’s stories and lecture series is guaranteed to entertain.

Experience a first-person Chautauqua style audience question and answer session included with each program.

These presentations promote an appreciation for humanity, education and literacy in a way that is humorous, inspirational, and historically amusing.

Mr. Brown’s program, Catch the Twain , is endorsed by the Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Warren says he struggled all through school, “The hardest eight years of my life…was 1 st grade.” Nevertheless, Warren has a degree from the University of Illinois.


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Notable Mark Twain Quotes

Warren Brown Portrays Mark TwainA man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.

I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. – attributed

I have never taken any exercise except sleeping & resting.

There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.

It is easier to stay out than get out.

Courage is the resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up.

The report of my death was an exaggeration.

It is noble to teach oneself; it is nobler to teach others – and less trouble.

It is better to keep your mouth shut and look like a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt. – attributed

Mark Twain SketchDo something everyday you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.

Get your facts first then you can distort them as much as you please.

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Hartford is the most beautiful city in the world.

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

Water taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare an impromptu speech.

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. – attributed

Mark Twain Doctor of LiteratureThe human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

When you cannot get a compliment any other way pay yourself one.

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living, the world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.

Part of the secret in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.

Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to.

I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.

It was wonderful to find America, but it also would have been wonderful to miss it.

Let us so live that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

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