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Desc:Seminal old fart Mark Russell generates indecipherable white noise for 30 minutes.
Category:Classic TV Clips, General Station
Tags:PBS, conservatives, COMEDY!, mark russell, shoot the piano player
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Comment count is 18
Jet Bin Fever - 2012-05-27
Yep, this is exactly how I thought it would be, bowtie and all.
HarrietTubmanPI - 2012-05-27
25 years and politics has actually gotten worse, but thankfully we now have better comedians to offset it

But this was 1987, before the world wide web, before widespread cell phones, before Clinton, and people were naive enough to think that the black Monday of 1987 would never be repeated and that investors and bankers would actually learn something, when they didn't.

And he thought there were problems with airplanes and the FAA then.

In 1987 if you wanted to laugh at politics this was pretty much your only option.
baleen - 2012-05-27
The bankers actually did learn something. They learned that the government, the Fed, and the IMF would help them rob foreign banks blind and fund their wild betting in derivatives and bundles of worthless mortages. Hence why they repeated it over and over again for the next 20 years.

Remember the collapse of the peso in Mexico in the 90's? Taxpayers took care of the banks that decided to throw money at the country on wild lending sprees and currency trades. We repeated this across Latin America. It's why George Soros started singing Amazing Grace and condemned the entire process.

Xenocide - 2012-05-27


StanleyPain - 2012-05-27
This guy was always so fucking awful. One of the best SNL skits was Mark McKinney as Mark Russell singing "RO-OSSS PER-OT RO-OSS PER-OT" to the tune of Hickory Dickory Dock.
Xenocide - 2012-05-27
I loved how SNL Russell's entire song just consisted of Ross Perot's name repeated over and over.

BHWW - 2012-05-27
I'm telling ya, that's the deficit,
They really made a mess of it,
That's the deficit raaaaaaaaaag!

StanleyPain - 2012-05-27
I'd submit the video, but fuck Hulu.

Seven Arts/H8 Red - 2012-05-27
The ironic thing about that Simpsons reference? Harry Shearer's political humour is almost as painful as Mark Russell's. It's 2012, and he's still doing Richard Nixon impressions - hell, he even sold a Nixon-centric special to Sky, as the concept's too 'subtle' for American audiences.

cognitivedissonance - 2012-05-27
Naw, Nixon was really just that evil.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-05-28
If it's similar to his stuff on "Le Show," his Nixon bits are called "Nixon In Heaven," where he's in the afterlife, on a kind of probation, reacting to current events. This was especially prescient given how many of his former colleagues (or defendants) went to work for the Bush Administration.

cognitivedissonance - 2012-05-27
One thousand, two hundred and FIVE Mark Russell Specials?!!! WHAT A CAREER!
cognitivedissonance - 2012-05-27
Also, REAL conversation I just had, with a friend who is from Buffalo:

FRIEND: Mark Russell is from Buffalo.

ME: I think you're thinking of Mark Ruffalo.

FRIEND: Maybe I am.

baleen - 2012-05-28

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-05-27
Why is it that people like Tom Lehrer are allowed to retire from satire and performing to go back to teaching MATH at HARVARD, but THIS STUPID FUCK WAS ALLOWED TO KEEP HIS FINGERS?!?!!!

I wouldn't mind burning him at the stake, using the bits of his piano as kindling to light the gasoline-soaked corpses of "The Capitol Steps."
GravidWithHate - 2012-05-27
Tom Lehrer dedicated some of his shows to 'The Wiemar cabaret musicians who did so much to stop Hitler and the rise of Nazism'.

I think that if you have the insight to be a good satirist, eventually you will either burn out into being a nihilist, crank, or cynical hack as it becomes increasingly obvious that what you're doing boils down to helping people who agree with you already feel superior.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-05-28
I think you're confusing actual satire with the likes of Dennis Miller when you talk about making people feel superior.

Mark Russell and the Capitol Steps aren't really satirical, in my opinion. They take whoever is in power or whatever is going on in the news and try to set their exploits to old showtunes with "jokes" that wouldn't even be accepted by the Bazooka Bubble Gum comics editor. Nobody feels superior thanks to those songs, unless it gives them a boost about being aware of a possibly current event.

GravidWithHate - 2012-05-28
I was thinking of a line from Tom Lehrer in an interview where he said "I wasn't even preaching to the converted, I was titillating the converted", or the line on Mencken ""Every Babbitt read him gleefully and pronounced his neighbor a Babbitt" -- they permitted a circular firing squad of self-righteous viciousness.".

My point is that as most people don't like to see themselves satirized, eventually a popular satirist's audience is going to consist of people who don't see their behaviour as being implicated. Anyone sharp enough to do satire in the first place is going to notice this, and it usually seems to affect their work.

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