October 27, 1991 |
Mark Russell has been doing his own blend of music and political satire on public television for 15 years. His series, which runs every other month, kicks off the 1992 presidential election campaign Wednesday with lampoons of would-be Democratic and Republican candidates, including President Bush.
March 9, 1991 |
Veteran political humorist Mark Russell is no stranger to Irvine, where he'll hold forth at his trademark grand piano Sunday afternoon at UCI. "The last time I was in Irvine," says Russell, "was at a fund-raiser for Alan Cranston; it was held under a table." Actually, Russell's performance at the Bren Events Center will mark his fourth visit to UCI.
April 25, 1989 |
Veteran comedian Mark Russell, who has made regular pilgrimages the last few years to UC Irvine, returns to the campus for a performance tonight at the Bren Events Center. Some longtime Russell observers consider him a modern-day Will Rogers, although Russell performs with a piano instead of a lariat and, as a veteran political satirist, he has met a few men he didn't like. But when Russell uses his droll one-liners and bouncy tunes to skewer these men (and women) he doesn't like, he never confines them, like many political comics, to just Republican figures.
August 12, 1988 |
Not all the print and broadcast pilgrims to New Orleans--the GOP estimates between 12,000 and 15,000 will materialize next week--will be journalists. Some will be there for laughs. For instance, Fox Broadcasting's syndicated "A Current Affair" program is sending master Reagan impressionist Jim Morris, who was also in Atlanta last month twitting the Democrats. Mark Russell, one of Washington's favorite professional wags, also was in Atlanta, but on ABC's "Good Morning, America."
February 27, 1988
Lawrence Christon is probably one of the more apt appraisers of comedy, but in his article on Mark Russell I wondered if he liked Mark Russell for his wit, or his political bias ("Russell Knows the Lighter Side of Washington," Feb. 22). Russell made a stab at writing for TV, but if his words don't have a musical score behind them they lose something. However, while he was here he picked up--by osmosis--some of the Hollywood pseudopolitical chitchat, and where he used to show flashes of wit he now shows dismal vehemence.