An Evening with Mark Russell
Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political process. In his newest and unique show "An Evening with Mark Russell," he performs stand-up comedy, and takes his classic position at the piano performing new and old favorites with impeccable timing, twinkling eyes and shock-of-recognition insights into American politics.
Mark Russell started in a little piano bar on Capitol Hill-right across from the lawmakers themselves. As he puts it, "I started at the bottom and managed to work my way down." He began knowing little about politics, but was an immediate hit because he could find humor in anything.
Russell spent 30 years on public television as host of the Mark Russell Comedy Specials, where it was consistently among the top-rated shows on that network. In 2012, PBS aired a retrospective of his three decades of work, titled “Mark Russell’s America.”