Long before Jon Stewart and Stephen 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. 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.
Until he retired in 2010, Mark played off the day’s headlines, performing stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano. He retired, as he said, because “fifty years ago I promised myself I would retire when I needed to write a parody with the words ‘trans-vaginal ultrasound’ in it.”
Luckily for us he came out of retirement when he heard that congressmen were cavorting in the Sea of Galilee.

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