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The Joys of Mixing Politics and Comedy

For Laughs

Two years ago Mark Russell, the warbling, piano-playing political satirist, decided to pack it in and announced his retirement. Two years later, he has un-retired.Why miss all the fun?

“I’m not making this up,” Russell told me in a telephone interview last weekend. “It was a year ago last summer, a group of congressmen went over to the Middle East. They got drunk and went skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee.

“That was funny. If they’d drowned, it would have been funnier. Plus, the presidential campaign was going on, and I didn’t want to miss it.”

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