- Category : Entertainment-Comedy
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 6/3 - Role Model / Martyr
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Industry 2
American comedian, Washington DC's resident political satirist. With a low-key personality, Russell's humor may be pungent and erudite but it lacks the stinger of cruelty. Basically kind and disciplined, he is easy going about both his own importance and that of his political targets.
Russell played piano-bar and did comedy routines at cocktail lounges in the mid-'50s, adding political parody in 1959, soon moving into TV monologues. He hit a low point 1970-72 where he was lethargic. Though energized by Watergate, he slumped into a full depression with his 1975 divorce and was hospitalized for two weeks with a nervous breakdown.
He is the author of "Presenting Mark Russell," 1980.