Mark Twain as portrayed by John Pogson

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Wed, 06/17/2009 - 04:00
"I'd take credit for anything, believe me."

John Pogson began educating himself about the legendary humorist after several people commented on his remarkable resemblance to Mark Twain (the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens). As Pogson studied, he realized he not only looked like Twain, but he also shared many of the author's interests, hobbies and opinions. These shared characteristics only reinforce his commitment to portraying Twain as authentically and accurately as possible.

Pogson’s debut as Mark Twain occurred during Hartford, Connecticut's first Mark Twain Days in 1996; his commitment is enthusiastic and ongoing.

Pogson has appeared nationally on CBS and ESPN; he can currently be seen on the Home and Garden Network (HGTV) in a segment titled Famous American Authors Homes, as well as on PBS in an award winning documentary produced by CPTV titled Mark Twain's Neighborhood: Nook Farm. He has also appeared as Twain in the New York Times, on NPR, Radio America, the Fox Network, WTIC, WTNH and Russian Children's Television. He has, and continues to host many corporate and private functions, as well as performing speeches at conventions and entertaining audiences from all over the world. His client list is impressive to say the least. Twain’s forward-thinking views are relevant today; Pogson enjoys “holding court” as Twain, enlightening and entertaining corporate and private clients as well as students, educators, and audiences of all ages and sizes.

Pogson also appears with actress, Lisa Steier, portraying Mark Twain and his wife Olivia Langdon Clemens, in a series of original dramatic programs incorporating Twain's personal papers and examining lesser-known facets of the author's life and work.

Courtesy of s&L Productions