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Russell, Mark

Born: 1932 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Comedians, Pianists, Singer, Songwriter

1932 – He was born on the 23rd day of August this year in Buffalo, New York. He was a "class clown" from a very early age. His family moved to Washington, D.C. when he was a teen, and he became fascinated by the apparatus of national government in the capitol.


1950 – He served in the Marine Corps, principally as an entertainer in piano bars in Japan and Hawaii.


1956 – He was discharged in this year. He returned to Washington, where he continued to work the piano bar circuit.


1961 – He moved to the Shoreham Hotel. He and his bunting-draped piano became an institution there, performing regularly for twenty years.


1975 – He has appeared in a comedy special every two months on the Public Broadcasting Service. The shows are produced by the affiliate in his hometown of Buffalo.


1980 – The comedian was logging 250,000 miles of air travel each year to every state in the nation. He also found time to co-host a network comedy show, Real People, and during presidential campaigns, he served as a mock commentator on Good Morning, America.


1986 – He won Mark Twain Award for political comedy twice, first was in 1980 and his second was in this year.