PBS Political Satirist Mark Russell Takes Aim at D.C.

PBS Political Satirist Mark Russell Takes Aim at D.C. Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing about the pomposity of politics. On Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 pm, Russell puts the pun back in punditry in “An Evening with Mark Russell” at Bend’s Tower Theatre.

Two years ago, after more than 50 years on the road, and 30 years on public television as host of the Mark Russell Comedy Specials, Russell decided to retire. Recently, after he heard that congressmen were cavorting in the Sea of Galilee, Russell decided it was time to return to the stage, saying, with a twinkle in his sardonic eyes and an impeccable sense of timing, “How can you make that up?”

Mark will answer questions, perform stand-up comedy, and take his position at the piano to perform new song parodies and old favorites. What’s his most frequently asked question? “Do you have any writers?” His answer: “Yes, I have 535 writers. One hundred in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives.”

Special dinner deals the night of the show are available at 10 Below restaurant in the Oxford Hotel. Tower members are invited to a private meet and greet onstage with Russell following the performance.

The nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading performing arts organization, providing cultural and education programs that make an essential contribution to Central Oregon’s lifestyle and strengthen the community. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org). Details on events are also at facebook.com/TheTowerTheatre.

What: An Evening with Mark Russell
When: Wednesday, February 26 – 7:30 pm
Where: Tower Theatre – 835 NW Wall Street – Bend, Oregon
Tickets: $32/ $37 / $45
             Plus $1 Historic Theatre Preservation Fee
             Reserved seating 
             541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org

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