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FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH MARK RUSSELL, FEBRUARY 18, 2013, at 7 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell returns to Ford’s Theatre February 18, 2013, at 7 p.m. for a show packed with material ripped from the headlines. Known for skewering Democrats and Republicans alike, Russell’s unique brand of comedy earned him the Mark Twain Award for political comedy and has made him a popular favorite on PBS. See the man TV Guide calls “the funniest man on television” on the historic Ford’s Theatre stage.

MARK RUSSELL
Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, Mark Russell dared to joke and sing about the often-absurd political process. Though he actually knew little about politics when he began performing, his ability to find humor in anything made him an immediate hit. After serving in the Marines, Russell began playing at a piano bar on Capitol Hill before he earned a 20-year stint at the Shoreham Hotel. Russell’s television credits include nearly 30 years on public television on the eponymous Mark Russell Comedy Specials. His composing credits include two children’s musicals for the Kennedy Center: Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe (premiered December 2009) and Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major (2006).

With impeccable timing, twinkling eyes and shock-of-recognition insights into American politics, Russell draws merriment from the pomposity of public life. Reading three or four newspapers a day allows him to constantly update his material. The result is that no two shows are ever identical. “I thrive on newspapers,” he frequently states. “And it looks like I’ll be thriving longer than them.” Russell performs annually at colleges, conventions and theatres, including frequent visits to Ford’s Theatre. He and his wife live in Washington. Russell is the father of three and the grandfather of seven.

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FACT SHEET: AN EVENING WITH MARK RUSSELL
**One Night Only! Presidents’ Day, February 18, 2013**

Campaign season may be over, but the laughs keep on coming. Piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell returns to Ford’s Theatre with material ripped from today’s headlines. Known for skewering Democrats and Republicans alike, Russell’s unique brand of comedy earned him the Mark Twain Award for political comedy and has made him a popular favorite on PBS. Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political process.

DATE:  February 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th Street NW, between E and F streets.

TICKETS: $20-$64.

ACCESSIBILITY: Ford’s Theatre is accessible to persons with disabilities, offering wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms and audio enhancement.

PARKING:
Paid parking is available at several independent neighborhood garages: the 24-hour QuickPark at the Grand Hyatt (entrance on 10th Street between G and H Streets NW), the Central Parking Garage (entrance on 11th Street between E and F Streets NW), and the Atlantic Garage below Ford’s Theatre (at 511 10th Street, NW).

METRO:
Metro Center station (Red, Blue and Orange Lines) is two and one half blocks north of the theatre from the Eleventh Street exit. Gallery Pl-Chinatown station (Red, Yellow and Green Lines) is two and one half blocks north of the theatre from the G Street exit. For further information, call Metro at (202) 637-7000.

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Media Contact: Lauren Beyea at lbeyea@fords.org or (202) 434-9543.