Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne Explained Washington, DC in mirth and song to members of the Diplomatic Corps and other people who know John Kerry’s direct dial on the eve of President Obama’s 2d Inauguration. They laughed, they sang along, and gave us better than a diplomatic reception.
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PBS recently aired a 60 minute special MARK RUSSELL’S AMERICA – Mark Russell’s greatest hits over decades of TV specials spoofing Warren G. Harding through Barack Obama. Ask your local PBS station to rebroadcast it.
Although maestro Russell is retired from public performances, he maintains a lively blog on current events at www.markrussell.net
Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne continues the tradition of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable in quip and song at The Westin Washington DC City Center on M Street – and wherever two or three are gathered – with cash.
“FORWARD” – BARACK OBAMA SUPERSTAR!
“JUST GO AWAY” – AMERICA
Planet Washington will present a special show of wicked funny and musical spoofs of the elections, the candidates, and all the fun, fudge, and gridlock that is Washington – in the weekend between the two presidential debates:
Our Triumphant Return to DC: At our old haunt The Westin, formerly the Vista International, made infamous in 1990 when DC Mayor Marion Barry was videotaped smoking a small pipe in Room 727 (apparently a non-smoking room) and was escorted out by FBI agents who just happened to be next door (There’s always a cop around when you DON’T need one. ) (“At the Vista with the Sista” is Stop #12 on The Planet Washington Irreverent Tour )
Last time we performed at The Westin our friend and mentor Mark Russell, Dean of DC political satirists, dropped in to share a few of his arrows which were as always right on target!
Mark just turned 80 in August and is still the Jedi Master of musical political parody!
INSIDE E STREET interviewed Ken at The Monocle Restaurant on Capitol Hill – about Ken’s ‘second career’ as a political humorist – and lessons learned from starting one’s own business.
Ken’s truly rediculous evolution from lawyer, Hill staffer, banker to humorist (his “rags from riches” story) was recounted in the 2010 almost best selling ‘What’s Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job’ by Kerry Hannon, Business Editor, US News & World Report (Chronicle Books 2010).
PBS’s Jay Lamonica recently interviewed Ken Rynne at The Monocle Restaurant on Capitol Hill – about Ken’s ‘second career’ as a political humorist – and lessons learned from starting one’s own business.
Ken’s career evolution from lawyer, Hill staffer, lobbyist, banker to humorist (his “rags from riches” story) was recounted in the 2010 best selling ‘What’s Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job’ by Kerry Hannon, Business Editor, US News & World Report (Chronicle Books 2010).
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Metro DC WATCH: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 10 A.M.,MPT Channel 22
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An AARP/MPT production.
We spoke with students from South Africa at a Youth Day event at the SA Ambassador’s residence in DC this year. A leading University of Cape Town magazine editor has invited us to share more with her readers in the University’s leading humor magazine, SAX APPEAL, this winter! Next – the African tour! …………………………………………………..
(“Objects in the Mirror May Be Gaining on You.”
The view from President Obama’s car, Dec. 2011)
Planet Washington’s "Most Creative" Ken Rynne Wins Foundation Support – Grantmakers’ Annual Meeting – DC’s Arena Stage
At a recent private show, Planet Washington performed an original parody at the new Arena Stage in DC for the annual meeting of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG), the 100 largest private foundations in the greater Washington region! “Grantmaker!” (parody of “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler on the Roof”).
We were accompanied by Planet Washington’s Frank Plumer and joined in song by some very talented and enthusiastic members of local foundations on stage and throughout the audience. There was a voluntary sing-along for all members attending the luncheon!
The featured luncheon speaker — addressed Creativity — and was delighted with our show — deeming us one of the true creatives!
Many thanks to the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for sponsoring the outstanding entertainment – including Planet Washington!
Ken Rynne & Planet Washington is available to entertain your next event – and to write an original ditty to delight your guests or honorees!
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Planet Washington’ Announces Two Opportunities To Smile, To Laugh, Maybe Even To Sing Along
At The Four Seasons Hotel in DC…
CANCELLED DUE TO CONFLICT. SORRY JACK Wednesday, October 19, A Roast & Toast of DC Councilman Jack Evans (Ward 2 -Unindicted), The Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown, DC. Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne will reprise his hilarious role as “Bud Noir, Member of Congress” – a Washington DC-based homage to Garrison Keillor’s “Guy Noir, Private Eye.” Previous recipients of Ken’s ‘treatment’ include Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Gov. Sarah Palin, and The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. Hosted by The Georgetown Business Association & The Friends of Hexagon (silent auction to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project).
Where & When: The Four Seasons Hotel. 6:30 PM. 2800 Pennsylvania, NW, Washington, DC 20007, Reception 6:30 PM * Silent Auction * Showtime 7:30 PM.
Tickets: $50 Per Person (Hexagon/GBA Members), $60 Per Person (Non-Hexagon/GBA Members), Includes Open Bar Reception & One Reserved Show Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202-333-SHOW (7469) Ext.8
At The Tower Club in Tyson’s Corner, VIRGINIA
Thursday, November 10, Tyson’s Tower Club, Vienna, VA. Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne accompanied by the much acclaimed Frank Plumer spoof all that passes for news inside the Beltway in mirth and song! Hosted by The Tower Club’s Women’s Committee.
Where & When: The Tower Club Tyson’s Corner, 6 PM. 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 1700 Vienna, VA 22182. From 6 pm – 9 pm. (Top of the “Shopping Bag” Building – the highest point in Northern Virginia (unless Charlie Sheen is in town).
Tickets: $40 Per Person, Cash Bar
Or at Your Place…
We are very happy to also be performing wicked funny, up-to-the-tweet musical political satire by a former Hill staffer and entourage at private events in the DC area and beyond which we do not list, hence, “private.”
Where & When? You can have us at your event, wherever 2 or 3 are gathered, with cash,
202 360 5056.
more than ever.