Why Work For A Living?
When Hill staffer & Capitol Step Ken Rynne first met the master of political satire Mark Russell, Ken gushed, “Mr. Russell, I want to be you when I grow up.” Without missing a beat, Mark replied “That can’t happen soon enough.” Ken took that as a Call to Action!
Who’s Who & What’s What In The Cast
Ken Rynne, Writer & Performer, a former choirboy, is the son of a Boston Irish cop from Central Casting who was a self-styled standup comic before “captive” audiences. Music, comedy, & politics were constant threads in his misspent youth. At age 11 as a boy soprano Ken debuted with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Also debuting in the same symphony that evening was another soprano – Beverly Sills. At Boston Latin School he sang with The Greater Bostonians, performing pop tunes with a full orchestra and chorus, recording 2 albums, and taping two one-hour television concerts. He studied government at Georgetown where he sang with The Chimes, Georgetown’s renowned a cappella group. During a Tip O’Neill internship he contracted “Potomac fever” – he never (or rarely) left DC.
He practiced energy law but why practice law, when you can help write it. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum hired him to work on energy issues. He was his hometown Rep. Joe Kennedy’s Legislative Director & staffed the House Banking Subcommittee on Consumer Credit & Insurance (ran morality plays, i.e., hearings). He worked for Senate Majority Leaders George Mitchell & Tom Daschle (moonlighting with the famous Capitol Steps and Hexagon) & briefly for the not-quite-as-famous Sen. John Kerry. He directed Federal Relations for the American Institute of Architects & was an executive and lobbyist with credit card giant MBNA America Bank reporting to former FBI Director Louis Freeh. He left banking for political satire in 2006 – a true American ‘rags from riches story.’
Frank Plumer, Pianist & Singer, has been playing piano since the age of 4 months. He is a full-time musician and a well-known figure on the Baltimore Washington social scene performing at private parties with regular stints at DC’s best locations for Washington’s movers and shakers and the taxpayers who love them. He is a registered agnostic who only votes for American Idol.
About Planet Washington
Planet Washington debuted in 2006. Ken and his virtuoso piano accompanist join forces as Planet Washington “spoofing politics, pop culture, and all that passes for ‘news.’”-Harvard Crimson.
The Boston Globe got it right: “If you sometimes think that life inside the Capital Beltway is like another planet, this show is fot you.”
They perform regularly at The Beacon in DC. They have performed at The National Press Club, The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, The DC IMPROV, The Cambridge Forum at Harvard, and have been “fair and balanced” just like FOX, they singe but never burn.
Featured on PBS, NPR, Canadian TV, AARP’s Retirement Living TV, Inside E Street, White House Chronicle, POLITICO, and at long last, almost famous, are finally ready to perform for you.
Our 100% Conditional Guarantee: We make you smile or we cheerfully refund twice your misery.
“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” – Mark Twain
Mark Russell is now a friend and fan!
“Great Show! Potent! Pithy! Funny! And you have a better piano player than I do!” – Mark Russell
“If laughter is the best medicine, then Ken Rynne is a one-man Mayo Clinic!” – PBS NewsHour. Syndicated Columnist Mark Shields
our theme song
It’s Planet Washington (Hooray for Hollywood Parody)
“It’s Planet Washington/ ‘show biz for ugly people,‘ Washington/ where any intern or a senior member, can make the press whir, with just a thong don’t you know/ And anybody from any lobby can make a lot of new friends if he has dough/
It’s Planet Washington, where “you’re terrific” until you’re undone./ Where big name White house staff are so excited (til they’re indicted”) to join in all of the fun/Come on step up and try, best Congress you can buy/
It’s Planet Washington. It’s Planet Washington, We take no pris’ners but its just for fun/ Come join as we explore the ten square miles that yield such smiles where all your tax dollars go/ (Thank you!) Let go your strife, look for intelligent life. It’s Planet Washington!
some sample parodies (see videos too)
Parodies are baked fresh daily to spoof the day’s events.
Our non-partisan approach, “Lord what fools these mortals be, whether they are an R, a D, or a T.
The Media: “Breaking News Means Be Afraid!” (“Be Our Guest”)
The Great Philanderer (“The Great Pretender”) (subject of parody varies)
The Ins: Barack Obama Superstar Medley (“Mellow Yellow/Maria/Hava Nagila”)
The Outs: Lipstick Wearin’ Hockey Mom Wasilla’s Sarah Palin (“Supercalif…”)
Starbucks: I’m a Barista (‘I’m a Believer”)
Beer Summit: Professor, the Cop, the Prez (“Where Ev’rybody Knows Your Name”)”
We Are Family: Bushes, Clintons, Legacies (“The Flintstones Theme”)
The Court: Justice Sotomayer (“Maria” from West Side Story)
Today’s Woman: Eliz’beth Warren (“Pretty Woman”)
Pundits: Limbaugh Rock (“Limbo Rock”)
Economy: Those Fabulous Buffett Boyz (Warren & Jimmy) (“Margaritaville”)
DC Corrupts: NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Love Client #9 (“Love Potion #9”)
Inside Story: Health Care Reform (“Spoonful of Sugar”)
The Fifth Branch of Government: The Lobbyist (“The Wanderer”)
Valerie Plame: Do You Hear Who I Smeared? (“Do You Hear What I Hear?”)
The States (Immigration): Arizona! Los Papers Please! (“Oklahoma!”)
The States (Education): Don’t Mess With TEXAS! (Yellow Rose Of Texas)
Bill Clinton Still in the News: Secret Asian Man (“Secret Agent Man”)
School Nutrition: Pepsi, Dr Pepper & Coke (“Parsley, Sage…”)
The Court: Justice Sotomayer (“Maria” from West Side Story)
Elena Kagan (“Pretty Woman”)
Regulators: A Crude Awakening (BP & Interior Regulation) (“Splish Splash”)
Largest US Private Employer: United States of Walmart (“Under the Boardwalk”)
Green Economy: T. Boone Pickins is Grinnin’ (“Ballad of Jed Clampet DC
Tourists: Charlie on Metrorail (”Charlie on the MTA”)
Nondenominational Sing-along – Included in Every Show!!! Happy Days Are Here Again / This Land’s Still My Land! Day of Beckoning: Battle
Stalled Ambition: Toe-Tappin Senator in Terminal B (“Boogey Woogie Bugle Boy”)
Big News: Ballad of Bo Obama (“How Much Is That Doggie in the Window”?)
Rudy Giuliani: A Rudy Amakening (“Secret Agent Man”)
If I Were Mike Bloomberg (“If I Were A Rich Man”)
Men Behaving Badly: The Great Philanderer (“The Great Pretender”)
Staff Infection: Aide Misbehavin’ (“Ain’t Misbehavin”)
FEMA It’s Demoralized, It’s Discredited, It’s Dysfunctional (“It’s D’Lovely”)
Condoleeza (“Mona Lisa”)
The Flying Kegmeisters (“Air Force Hymn”)
Beijing Olympics: Hello Dalai (Lama) (“Hello Dolly”)
Obamalot (“C’est moi”)
When John McCain Marches Right (“When Johnny Comes Marching Home”)
Lou Dobbs Lament (“South of the Border”)
Hillary,The Last First Lady (“Lydia, the Tatooed Lady”)
The Rosie, Oh Donald! Show (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme”)
Think Tanks: The Whipped n’ Pooped Song (“The Whiffenpoof Song”)
And Custom Parodies Written While You Wait!