Mark Twain Talks
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Mark Twain Talks

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The best kept secret in music



“We really loved your Mark Twain evening. It was wonderful, the pacing, the humor, the gritty, fascinating character. Bravo!” ....... Jay O’Callahan, internationally renowned storyteller and author.

“Your interpretation of ... Mark Twain was enjoyed by festival-goers of all ages. And the spell-binding storytelling of the “Jumping Frog” delighted kids and parents alike.” ........ Ellen Riboldi, Ventress Memorial Library

“Great job!” ..... Steve Innis, Braintree Community Access & Media

“Bloody brilliant, I was laughing so hard. Twain had such a great, dry sense of humour, I love it. ... The Mexican Plug - I was crying with laughter. You do a great job! - can I buy another CD from you,
I want to send one to my father in law? ............ Simon Brooks, Storyteller

“Thank you so much for visiting us. Your surprise visit was the talk of the town.” .... Linda O’Callahan, Marshfield YWCA

“Thank you so much for your program last night. I will pass your name along... highly recommending your program. Mark Twain certainly has a kindred spirit in you.” ...... Janet Angus, Director, Merrimack Public Library

Excerpts from student comments about “Advice to Youth”:

“...the voices were interesting and it was very amusing.”
“It was a funny show and I learned something from it, so I’d recommend it.”
“...the Ben Franklin was interesting because Twain had such conflicting views w/ Franklin.”
“... it was not only interesting, but funny and helpful.”
“.... it was interesting to watch him tear down (Franklin’s) sayings and replace them with his good advice, which is more fun.”
“... the few difficult words didn’t really seem to throw people off because you still get the meaning from the rest.”
“I enjoyed the parts that had quotes that I know I will remember and most likely tell other people.”
“It was informative and funny at the same time.”
“The way it was told made me want to hear what happened next.”
“... it showed a different view of (Ben) Franklin.”
“Yes (I’d recommend it to my friends), just not first period,... too early to think.”
“... it is interesting and funny and Mr. Budd is a good actor.”


“Budd strikes just the right note.” ...... Will Stackman, Aisle Say Boston
“His timing and execution were perfect” ...... Jim Dorman, Patriot Ledger
“cogent in his sententious single-mindedness” .... Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Phoenix
“a nicely toned and understated performance” .... Greg Treleaven, Patriot Ledger
“positively radiant...and totally convincing” ....... David Andrews, MetroWest Daily - VARIOUS SATISFIED CUSTOMERS


A new CD - "Mark Twain Talks - Favorite Stories Volume 1" is now available. Samples from the CD can be heard in the "audio" section of this site. For ordering information please contact us.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Bern Budd has been a professional actor and director since graduating from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York in 1971. He has appeared on both coasts, and in between, and has won numerous awards. Since 1978 he has been based outside Boston and has been seen on stage at the Publick Theatre and The American Repertory Theatre, as well as being a member of the award-winning company Wellesley Summer Theatre, the professional company based at Wellesley College.
Bern started working on "Mark Twain Talks" in 2000 and first performed it in February 2002. Since then he has performed the show in libraries, churches, restaurant function rooms, and even in living rooms at private parties.