A while back, comedian/erstwhile Four Loko taste-tester John Hodgman saw a photo of actor Maurice Evans in full Dr. Zaius make-up on the set of The Planet of The Apes reading a biography of Mark Twain. Judging from the evidence, Hodgman wondered if Evans had secretly been planning a Zaius-centric performance of Hal Holbrook's one-man show Mark Twain Tonight!

Hodgman then issued the clarion call to the internet to either A.) dredge up lost footage of Ape-Twain; or B.) recreate Maurice Evans doing Dr. Zaius doing Mark Twain.

When nobody heeded this decree, Hodgman took measures into his own hands. On January 20 at SF Sketchfest 2012, he unveiled actor Dana Gould as Maurice Evans as Dr. Zaius as Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain. It is raw, unfiltered magic. Hat tip to Benjamin and RexPope for improving our lives.

[Via John Hodgman]