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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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Yes, it is a mental health issue. Therapists are needed to treat the chronic addition to NRA money by members of Congress.

Hashtag Me Too is growing. I am forming Hashtag Me Neither.

If I was an Olympic half pipe snow boarder, I wouldn't even talk to the curling "athletes".

If we are such a Christian nation, why doesn't love thy neighbor apply to Dreamers? Sad.
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She obviously passed the Trump vetting process where conflict of interest is a requirement.

Warning: Heavy smoking can cause tobacco stocks to go up.

Fitzgerald has left her job to spend more time with her children, Philip, Morris and her husband, Paul Mall.
You heard the president's speech. So repeat after me: I pledge allegiance to the coal of the united state of West Virginia.

He wants to end the war on beautiful, clean coal but no sanctions against ugly, dirty Russia.

And we must destroy those evil gangs, MS-13 and the FBI.

After calling for prison reform, Trump got a thank you note from Paul Manafort.

There were two ignored elephants in the room: Russia and Stormy Daniels.
White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson gave Trump a clean bill of physical and mental health. Or, as it is called in medical circles: Fake diagnosis.

No, I am not a doctor. Nor would I go to one named Ronny.

Paul Manafort's trial has been delayed until September which gives him more time to spend with the Russians.

The government could shut down at midnight on Friday. As they say in Hawaii, this is not a drill.

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In the words of one of Roy Moore's lawyers: "Oy Vey!"

There was Moore in defeat quoting the Bible. I thought he would have a meltdown like Frederick March in "Inherit the Wind".

Speaking of the Bible, if there is a recount guess who will be praying that Roy loses -- the Republicans.

Let's mix a batch of metaphors: Mr. Jones goes to Washington disguised as Little Red Riding Hood, walking through the swamp only to be accosted by the Big Bad Schumer.
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Cutting taxes of the one percent. Again, the middle class benefits if your rich uncle takes you to lunch. See if the cooked books are on the menu.

Eliminating the medical deduction would give the middle class the satisfaction that they got sick and died for their country.

Love that Republican trickle-down theory as the middle class gets trickled on.
Franken resigns. Sad. Trump remains. Sick.

We should applaud the banning of Russia from the Winter Olympics. Doping Donald Trump during the 2016 race was a crime.

If our president attends the Games in South Korea, he should be required to pee in a bottle.

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Why is the Al Franken situation different? Because I say it is.

Speaking of which -- since Clarence Thomas never speaks why doesn't he write an apology to Anita Hill?

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Old Zimbabwe joke: "If Mugabe was elephant, his head make nice trophy."
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And what about Roy Moore and Kevin Spacey? Which one beat up Rand Paul?

And who is the alleged rapist: Spacey or China? Oh, that's right -- China is no longer a rapist.

But what about Chinese President Xi and the 14-year-old girl? (Xi is pronounced "Z" as in zipper.)

The good news: Harvey Weinstein was fired by Fox News. Besides, that's so last week.