Al Simmons (Carey Lauder)
The book held my attention from Kansas to Seattle to Las Vegas and home but I still don't know how the story ends.
—Al Simmons, entertainer
He's been entertaining for more than 40 years and yet he still manages to come up with new ideas.
Al Simmons is a master of one man vaudeville-type shows, complete with singing, surprises and silliness.
SCENE wanted to know what Simmons reads when he takes his show on the road:
When I travel, my props and costumes take priority over my personal items so a book must be light. For a recent three week tour I brought along Cigar Box Banjo by the late Paul Quarrington.
Paul was a musician and a writer who died of lung cancer. His book covers it all - death, dying, the Toronto music scene, and the art of writing, but mostly it's about living life to the fullest.
It was such a great read I finished it off during my first week in North Carolina. I searched the narrow isles of a used book store in Raleigh but couldn't find a single book that struck my fancy. With nothing to read on a long travel day to Kansas, except a USA Today, I realized that I was being too picky.