Fredonia History Days to feature Mike Randall and Friends

Mike Randall and Friends will perform at the gazebo in Barker Commons at noon on July 20, during Fredonia History Days.

Randall never met a puppet he didn’t like. The Channel 7 weatherman performs a funny, fast paced show which includes magic, ventriloquism, audience participation and lots of fun.

Randall has continued to perform his critically acclaimed one-man show “Mark Twain Live!” locally and nationwide for more than 30 years. A lesser-known fact: he also spent two years as the Marvelous Magical Burger King where he perfected his abilities as a magician and live family entertainer.

At the tender age of 7, he was hospitalized for three months following a car accident. While on the mend there was one thing that kept the active youngster from going stir crazy: his grandmother had given him seven Disney hand puppets. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Shaggy Dog and the rest of the gang provided Mike with hours of imaginative play and sparked a lifelong love of puppets and performing.

Randall received rave reviews for his “Read, White & Blue Reading Show” and “The Magic Of Reading” as he traveled to libraries and schools across Western New York.

In addition to covering the weather, Randall is an award-winning feature reporter; he has interviewed celebrities like John Candy, Steve Allen, Red Skelton, Bill Cosby, Gregory Peck and Robert Goulet.

A native of Western New York, Randall is also a professional actor. He has performed a variety of roles in theatres around the country. An avid supporter of the Variety Club of Buffalo, you can see Mike each year on The Variety Club Telethon for Children’s Hospital. He can also be seen making appearances all year round at fashion shows, auctions and fundraisers for numerous charitable organizations across Western New York.