One in this series of comedy/musical specials featuring political satirist Mark Russell. In this program, Russell entertains an audience in-the-round at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Buffalo, NY, with irreverent song parodies and barbed monologues inspired by current events. Topics of satire include the following: President Reagan's speech on his tax proposal and the Democratic response that followed; the Washington Post's suggestion of ways to legally avoid paying the new taxes; the strength of lobbyists in Washington, D.C.; the federal government's new budget; the end of World War II; the expense of Star Wars; the Packard Commission, which was created to look into the defense budget; the Supreme Court justices; what Geraldine Ferraro does for a living; Pat Buchanan's personality; the plight of American farmers; and the U.S. Government's handling of the situation in Nicaragua. Also, Mark Russell offers advice to high school graduates.

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  • DATE: June 18, 1985 Tuesday
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:26:48
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:34678
  • GENRE: Comedy
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Armed Forces - Appropriations and expenditures
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1975-


  • John L. Hutchinson, Jr. … Executive Producer
  • Wiley F. Hance … Producer
  • Ken Miller … Director
  • Mark Russell … Performer
  • Pat Buchanan
  • Geraldine Ferraro
  • David Packard
  • Ronald Reagan
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