MARK RUSSELL COMEDY SPECIAL (TV)

Summary

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: White House Chief of Staff John Sununu's use of the miltary for personal travel; the possibility of Puerto Rico becoming a state; the notion of freedom in America; the Brady Bill, which would enforce a seven-day waiting period for those who wish to buy a gun; distribution of condoms in some American schools; the Kitty Kelly tome "Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography," which alleges that the former First Lady had a White House tryst with crooner Frank Sinatra; President George Bush's faltering popularity; General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and the brief land war which liberated Kuwait from Iraq; the brutality of the Los Angeles Police Department; the upcoming 1992 United States presidential election and the unlikely chance that the Democratic Party can capture the executive office.

Acquisition and cataloging of this program was made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Details

  • NETWORK: PBS WNED Buffalo, NY
  • DATE: May 1, 1991 Sunday
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:27:47
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:34699
  • GENRE: Comedy
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Parody
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1975-
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CREDITS

    • Tony Buttino … Executive Producer
    • Wiley F. Hance … Producer
    • Allen Williams … Director
    • Tami Coleman Coniglio … Direction (MIsc.), Assistant Director
    • Mark Russell … Host, Performer
    • George Bush
    • Kitty Kelly
    • Nancy Reagan
    • H. Norman Schwarzkopf
    • Frank Sinatra
    • John Sununu