They just took a poll, and the two most popular religions in America are now Hobby Lobby and the World Cup,” announced Mark Russell during a recent interview with Weekender, his familiar baritone still jovial and robust at 82 years old.
Before “Saturday Night Live’s” “Weekend Update,” Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, the public looked to the bowtie-clad singer/satirist Russell to poke fun at all things malfeasant and asinine in American politics. Russell’s popular PBS specials, fusing song parody and commentary, ran from 1974 to 2004.
Our relationship with politics in the 2010s is, of course, a completely different animal. With the news literally at our fingertips, one takes to Facebook and Twitter instantly with a comment or a quip about an event as it breaks. The social media age may look upon Russell’s comedy as a relic of a bygone era.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native, former Marine and longtime Washington, D.C., resident remains abreast of the times and is busier than ever, his wit still sharp enough to cut through the pork.
I don’t believe there should be any topics that are off-limits. It’s all in the tact and angle you approach the subject matter with.