Comedian Mark Russell

Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 6, 2008

We've wondered what has become of Mark Russell, the pianist, comedian and social satirist? We so enjoyed his PBS show.
—Pat and Duane Pettengill, Cadillac, Mich.

Russell, 75, whose show went off the air three years ago, still performs locally in and around Washington, D.C., where he lives. He and his wife, Alison, have three children who "are so old I'm starting to lie about their ages," he quips. If you don't live near the nation's capital and hanker for his humor, you can visit his website,, which he updates every day with new jokes. After spending nearly 30 years on television, Russell says he has no great desire to return to the small screen. "I'm much better live," he says.