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  • Mark Russell
  • and Jay Leno
  • Art Buchwald, Chevy Chase and President Ford
  • Vivre la France
  • and Mort Sahl
  • and Woody Allen
  • Mark Russell
  • and Jay Leno
  • Art Buchwald, Chevy Chase and President Ford
  • Vivre la France
  • and Mort Sahl
  • and Woody Allen

A Few More Notes from Mark Russell

So, okay. Retirement was fine. For two years. I traveled. I read books. It was fun.

Fifty years ago I promised myself that I would retire on the day that I would be required to write a song about trans-vaginal ultrasounds.  I decided to unretire when I heard that member of Congress had been cavorting in the Sea of Galilee. How can you make that up?

So, I'm back to work. Shortly a schedule of public shows will be listed. Also a list of PBS Stations that we know will be carrying a 30-year retrospective of my work, entitled "Mark Russell's America" during October and/or November. As they say, you should check your local listings or call your local station for the date and time.

We'll continue to update the website.  We're still trying to figure out getting songs up. But we're working on it.
Thanks for asking about me and thanks for all the kind messages about my retirement. You will all get a personal response. It just might take a bit longer than I would like.

Oh, and one more thing.  Don't forget to vote -- if only to keep political humor alive!

A Note from Mark:

In 2010 I decided to stop performing.    I had a show upcoming in July of that year, in one of my favorite venues, the Amphitheatre at Chautauqua Institution, and thought it would be a fine place to end 60 years of nearly non-stop performing and traveling.    

It turned out to be a perfect night.   My children and grandchildren who are scattered across the United States were in attendance, some of the grandchildren seeing me for the first time.    They may still not understand what I did, but at least they saw me do it.   A number of close friends, who were in the know that this would be my final show, also made the trek north from Washington, DC to Chautauqua, NY to join in this final evening.Read More

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Perfect timing. President Trump overseas, seeking forgiveness from the three major religions for his cruel budget back home.

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Will Fox News and the right wing never accept the fact that Hillary won?

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Here's a dance that's all the rave
Strut around your big enclave.

Talk into your microwave
And do the Mar-a-Lago Tango.

A dance of betrayal around the floor
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As corporations beg for more
That's the Mar-a-Lago Tango.

Climate change a hoax and that's a fact
So let's crank up the old smoke stacks.
Do the budget boogie, Meals on Wheels goes away
Then bend over forward for the NRA.

Kill Big Bird -- a prime suspect.
Put up a wall and make us write the check.
Your campaign promises were mostly dreck
As is the Mar-a-Lago Tango.

To slash federal programs, make a vow
Raising taxes, you won't allow.
Put your family on the payroll now.
And do the Mar-a-Lago Tango.
Coming soon to a book store near you -- "The Art of the Screw Up" by you know who!

Yes, the swamp held.


The downside: You get to keep your own president.

I know -- let's not boogie in the end zone. Nevertheless, hand me my pom poms.
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This puts the CBO on Trump's enemies list, along with Planned Parenthood, the media and -- oh yeah -- ISIS. In that order of priority.

I believe Kellyanne Conway when shes suggests that Obama spied on Trump through Trump's microwave oven. I also believe that Kellyanne hears voices from her own toaster.

And I further believe that Trump's tax returns were prepared by H&R Crock.