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Forum folks:
I suppose they've chosen less deserving
Still an incredible mystery to me why Garrison Keillor
has yet to been honored???
I won't feel decent about Jay Leno until I read that
he meant "The Tale of Two Cities" as being his
his favorite Twain work was a joke.  Scary.
Roger Durrett
Charlotte, NC
In a message dated 6/18/2014 5:02:37 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
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Perhaps  the larger difference is that Twain wrote his own material. Listen 
to Jimmy  Fallon, who never explained his jokes until he took over for the 
long-chin  host. An entire staff of writers - not a Twain in the bunch.

On Jun  18, 2014, at 2:39 PM, Denis Donovan wrote:

> Johnny Carson, who was  as unlike Twain as you can get, nonetheless had =
> something in common  with him that was absolutely not shared by either =
> Leno or Lederman.  Like Twain, Carson never explained a joke or a =
> routine. Carson let  his performance carry the meaning and shape the =
> experience just as  Twain let his written or spoken performance shape the 
> experience.  Carson may have laughed enough during the process to fill =
> several  studio audience recordings with every laugh he needed -- but =
> Twain's  enjoyment of his verbal and written performances clearly is =
> palpable  in everything Twain ever wrote ... and really comes across in =
> the  autobiography. Twain's piece on German sentence-building is as =
>  hilarious as anything Carson ever did and much of both of their material 
> carries high-powered socio-political-cultural commentary. And, as  read =
> by Grover Gardner, had me laughing as hard as I ever laughed at  Carson, =
> a laugh tinged with infinitely more respect.
> Just a thought.
> Denis
> On  Jun 18, 2014, at 1:42 PM, Scott Holmes wrote:
>> I don't  know about the rest of you, on Twain-L, but I never thought =
>  Leno
>> was particularly humorous.
> Denis M. Donovan,  M.D., M.Ed., F.A.P.S.
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