The Laughter of Politics: Mark Russell


The lineage of American political humorists is long. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert descended from such legendary performe s as Lenny Bruce, Tom and Dick Smothers, Steve Allen, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. And, of course, the venerable Mark Russell.

For 60 years Russell has plied his intensely funny, intensely sharp wit at theaters, auditoriums and campuses across the nation. In 2010 he announced his retirement before fans and family at Chautauqua Institution. But, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the news of his departure was greatly exaggerated. Last year he returned to the stage with his signature American-flag themed piano and his delightful, irreverent political humor.

Read more in the May 2013 Business Magazine.