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Thu Mar 30, 2023, 02:05 PM Mar 2023

Mark Russell, political satirist with a star-spangled piano, dies at 90 [View all]

Source: Washington Post

Mark Russell, Washington’s social-political satirist and stand-up comic who spoofed, teased and laughed at celebrities, politicians, politics and popular culture for more than 50 years from behind his star-spangled piano, died March 30 at his home in D.C. He was 90.

The cause was complications from prostate cancer, said his wife, Alison Russell.

From the waning years of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration through the presidencies of 10 succeeding chief executives, Mr. Russell poked fun at the foibles and flaws of the well-known, the pompous and the powerful in monologues replete with pithy one-liners and musical ditties. He called himself “a political cartoonist for the blind.”

Long an institution on Washington’s stages and in hotel bars, Mr. Russell gained a national following on public television, where for 30 years he made regular broadcasts. In the 1980s and 1990s, he took his show on the road, appearing live in public and corporate venues in cities and towns across the United States.

In addition, he wrote syndicated observations for newspaper op-ed pages, where he delivered such quips as “a broken campaign promise to change the way Washington works is exactly the way Washington works.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2023/03/30/mark-russell-satirist-pianist-dead/

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Requiescat in pace, good soul. niyad Mar 2023 #1
Wow BumRushDaShow Mar 2023 #2
To some degree, he was our role model as well. DFW Mar 2023 #5
You know this one is Mark McKinney, though, right? sl8 Mar 2023 #23
I saw mention of that BumRushDaShow Mar 2023 #24
OK, kindly disregard my last. :) nt sl8 Mar 2023 #25
Most of the clips of him in the past BumRushDaShow Mar 2023 #26
Gotcha. sl8 Mar 2023 #27
SNL is political parody central BumRushDaShow Mar 2023 #28
I think that is not Mark Russell but someone spoofing him. royable Mar 2023 #29
Yup. BumRushDaShow Mar 2023 #30
Same here Red Mountain Mar 2023 #32
Dang, I thought he had died a long time ago Backseat Driver Mar 2023 #3
He was funny, saw him live once, though his material had an expiration date for understanding it bucolic_frolic Mar 2023 #4
Long life, lived well, fought the good fight Warpy Mar 2023 #6
Sad news 🕯️ ... I always enjoyed him Raine Mar 2023 #7
I wondered why he hadn't had more to say about TFG dickthegrouch Mar 2023 #8
He was a well known alumni melm00se Mar 2023 #9
Godspeed Mark Tommymac Mar 2023 #10
Always looked forward to his evening shows on PBS, back in the day. DinahMoeHum Mar 2023 #11
I enjoyed him so much. R.I.P. sinkingfeeling Mar 2023 #12
This pazzyanne Mar 2023 #13
I LOVED Mark Russell! Aristus Mar 2023 #14
He was great! nt TeamProg Mar 2023 #15
I have a vague memory of him. I remember more from the Smother's Bros; David Frye. electric_blue68 Mar 2023 #16
Oh, great memories. RIP moonscape Mar 2023 #17
never missed one of his specials.... bahboo Mar 2023 #18
A great satarist! 2naSalit Mar 2023 #19
RIP Mark Russell a very talented performer and political satirist FakeNoose Mar 2023 #20
I loved watching Mark Russell Leith Mar 2023 #21
Lehrer was more musical I think, soldierant Mar 2023 #34
I sure did Leith Mar 2023 #35
No, I learnd about it here soldierant Mar 2023 #37
Oh no blogslug Mar 2023 #22
He was lovely -- so much witty commentary. RIP Mr Russell, and thanks. Hekate Mar 2023 #31
Loved his unique, simplistic style. oasis Mar 2023 #33
One of the best. dchill Mar 2023 #36
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