"Washington's Other Monument"
Mark Russell is down in the dumps, he opens the newspaper and
immediately cheers up. Practically everything he sees strikes him funny.
"Some days," he says, "the jokes jump off the pages and
TV Guide has called Mark Russell
"the funniest man on television." But, he disagrees: "The
funniest guys are always on C-SPAN."
Mark’s popular series began on PBS in 1975. He works
dangerously live, fresh and topical, performing standup comedy even when
accompanying himself on the piano. THE MARK RUSSELL COMEDY SPECIALS have
consistently been among the top-rated shows on that network.
Mark Russell readily admits that when he was a
kid he dodged the draft. He did it by joining the Marine Corps.
After serving his full hitch, he found himself in the
smoke-filled bars of Washington, D.C., singing his funny songs. When he
got a job in a Capitol Hill bar where congressmen went to drink, the
first thing he thought was, "I've started at the bottom, but
I've managed to work my way down."
Around the time that the New Frontier was invading
Washington, Mark Russell invaded the Shoreham Hotel for a risky
two-week engagement that lasted 20 years. He left the Shoreham in
1980 after making The Marquee Lounge the place where, every night,
politicians would come to hear Mark’s jokes about the things they had
done that day.
Today, Mark spends most of the year on the road. His
syndicated column is enjoyed all over America, as are his CDs, tapes and
videos. Russell fans in D.C. can catch Mark during his popular January
stint at Ford's Theatre.
People constantly marvel at Mark's wealth of fresh
material and frequently ask "Do you have any writers?" Honest
to a fault, he's always quick to admit "Oh, yes, I have 535 of them
100 in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives!"
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Born: ..in New York / born nNewYork
..in Buffalo / born BuffaloNY
Aug 23, 1932
Based: ..in Washington, DC / based WashingtonDC