September 12, 2015 at Reg Lenna Center For The Arts in Jamestown.
A Benefit for: Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation & Improvement Corporation (CHRIC)
Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political process. He started in a little piano bar on Capitol Hill right across from the lawmakers themselves. Mark continues to play off the day’s headlines, performing stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano. With impeccable timing, twinkling eyes and shock-of-recognition insights into American politics, he draws merriment from the pomposity of public life. He starred for over 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. With hundreds of performances across America, he is loved by millions.
Russell has often been asked the question, “Do you have any writers?” His standard response is “Oh, yes, I have 535 writers—100 in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives.”