May 9, 2018
On October 2, 1866 Mark Twain invented stand up comedy, or as he
called it "platform speaking." He did not enjoy "mounting the
platform" but by 1895 the famous author of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn
was in debt from bas investments and publicly disgraced due to his
bankruptcy. So to pay off his mountain of debts and restore his
good name he embarked on a world wide lecture tour.
I just finished reading this wonderful book by Richard Zacks
called "Chasing The Last Laugh." It is all about Mark Twain's World
Tour and the circumstances that created it. In this episode I read
you the highlights and talk about the remarkable moments he
experienced as a performer and world traveler.
Mark Twain had a nasty temper, his mood swings were hard on
those around him and he had the worst sense of business instincts
but he also is one of the most quotable humans who ever lived, had
a moral sense of injustice and created some of the most loved
characters in the history of literature.
I enjoyed this book so much I couldn't wait to tell you about
In this episode I will tell you about the hardships,
heartbreaks and the redemptive healing power of laughter that he
experienced at the last period of his life.
This tribute is also peppered with some of Mark Twain's best
lines like "If Christ were here now, there is one thing he would
not be - A Christian."
Fill your brain with this powerful knowledge now, enjoy!