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Need a laugh? Planet Washington’s Got Plenty of ‘em. October 5 & November 2

Planet Washington presents Every Day is April Fool’s in Washington, their latest gut-busting, politician-skewering show. It’s an evening of witty, topical and musical social satire, performed by former Hill staffer and Capitol Steps performer Ken Rynne and keyboard sidekick Frank Plumer.

The show features musical political comedy in the tradition of the Capitol Steps and Mark Russell, but also featuring audience participation, improv and family-friendly fun. Russell is already a fan. And after watching Planet Washington, you’re bound to be too.

“Great show! Potent! Pithy! Funny! And you have a better piano player than I do!”Mark Russell

“If laughter is the best medicine, Ken Rynne is a one-man Mayo Clinic!” –PBS NewsHour

“If you think that inside the Beltway sometimes is a planet unto itself, this show is for you.” –Boston Globe

Fun & Funny! He’s been funny since he was a kid growing up in Boston! - Bob Madigan, WTOP
Today, He’s Mark Russell on Steroids!
An Irish Tenor Jon Stewart.


Next Scheduled Shows:
Sat, October 5 @ 7:30pm; Sat, November 2 @ 7:30pm
@ their regular monthly cabaret
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
2d Floor Fireplace Room
1400 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-429-1700

ADVANCE TICKETS ON GOLDSTAR — TICKETS VIA PAYPAL
OR CALL TOM @ 202 360 5056 —– TICKETS @ THE DOOR

Parodies

Planet Washington: Musical Political Comedy …………………………….. Almost Famous Since 2006

Planet Washington presents Every Day is April Fool’s in Washington, their latest gut-busting, politician-skewering show. It’s an evening of witty, topical and musical social satire, performed by former Hill staffer and Capitol Steps performer Ken Rynne and keyboard sidekick Frank Plumer.

The show features musical political comedy in the tradition of the Capitol Steps and Mark Russell, but also featuring audience participation, improv and family-friendly fun. Russell is already a fan. And after watching Planet Washington, you’re bound to be too.

“Great show! Potent! Pithy! Funny! And you have a better piano player than I do!”Mark Russell

“If laughter is the best medicine, Ken Rynne is a one-man Mayo Clinic!” –PBS NewsHour

“If you think that inside the Beltway sometimes is a planet unto itself, this show is for you.” –Boston Globe

Fun & Funny! He’s been funny since he was a kid growing up in Boston! - Bob Madigan, WTOP
Today, He’s Mark Russell on Steroids!
An Irish Tenor Jon Stewart.

What’s so funny about Washington, DC? If you have to ask, you haven’t been paying attention! But they have!

Ken Rynne is a writer and singer who came to DC from Boston and never left (they call it “Potomac fever”). He studied American government in college, had an internship through Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill’s office, and went on to law school. He studies policy like normal people study baseball box scores.

After studying government in theory and then actually experiencing it in practice working for Congress, moonlighting with The Capitol Steps, Ken had an overwhelming need to tell what he saw from a staff’s eye view – like the fellow with the broom who follows the elephants in the circus – and set it to music like his mentor and friend Mark Russell.

Frank Plumer is a gifted pianist and music teacher. He has a life. Like most Americans he thinks about politics about 20 minutes a year – and resents the intrusion. Frank is the “control group” in our little experiment here in the laboratory of democracy.

Planet Washington believes laughter is the best medicine and we need our Rx refilled on a daily basis. Even the lawyers. Especially the lawyers. Be fair &/or balanced. Roast but never burn. Never serve red wine with fish. Keep it clean. Funniest ex-lawyer & Capitol Hill wonk Ken Rynne & pianist Frank Plumer spoof politics, pop culture, & all that passes for “news” in Washington, a planet unto itself, & beyond.

Call us – we’ll perform for you – wherever 2 or 3 are gathered – with cash.
Or, Our Next Scheduled DC Public Show:

Sat, Jul 13 @ 7:30pm

*** Arch Campbell will attend and review us at this upcoming show! He may interview you. Be nice! ***

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
2d Floor Fireplace Room
1400 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-429-1700

Appearances

Our Fall Schedule: Coming Distractions!

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: friendsofhexagon@aol.com, 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
contact
Kelsy.Reitz@ourclub.com

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.

Laughter.

Now…

more than ever.

Funny Stuff Parody Think Piece

Apart from Workplace Safety, the 8-Hour Work Day, Minimum Wage, Vacation & Health Benefits, What Has The Union Ever Done For Us?

MONTY PYTHON PARODY: WHAT HAS THE UNION EVER DONE FOR US? CREATED A MIDDLE CLASS!

The Wisconsin Governor Walker’s now unmasked conspiracy with Billionaire David Koch et al to reject public employees’ concessions and destroy their union itself makes my shanty Irish blood boil.

My father was a member of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and when he made Sergeant, Boston Police Superior Officers’ Association. His unions helped my family share in the American Dream and sent me to college – and law school – with a scholarship.

What Have The Unions Ever Done For Us? It reminds me of a classic Monty Python skit What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us? My little parody is dedicated to the public employees who teach our kids, staff our hospitals, maintain our streets, and keep us safe. Thank you!

WHAT HAVE THE UNIONS EVER DONE FOR US?
Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) as Pilate
Billionaire David Koch as Bigus Dickus

Bigus Dickus Koch: They’ve bled us white, the bastards. They’ve taken everything we had, our freedom, not just from us, from our fathers and from our fathers’ fathers.
Gov. Scotty: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
Bigus Koch: :Yes.
Gov. Scotty:: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
Bigus Koch: All right, Scotty. Don’t ‘labor’ the point. And what have they ever given us in return?
Aide: Child Labor Laws.
Bigus Koch: Oh yeah, yeah they gave us that. Yeah. That’s true.
Activist: And the 8-hour work day!
Scotty:: Oh yes… The 8-hour work day, Bigus, you remember what the city used to be like.
Bigus Koch:: All right, I’ll grant you that Child Labor Laws and the 8-Hour Work Day are two things that the Unions have done…
Aide: And Workplace Safety…

Bigus: (sharply) Well yes obviously the Workplace Safety… Workplace Safety goes without saying. But apart from Child Labor Laws, the 8-Hour Work Day, and Workplace Safety…
Another Activist: Paid Vacation…
Other Voices: The Minimum Wage…Health Benefits…Educational loans…Maternity/Family Medical Leave…Social Security…Medicare..the GI Bill….
Bigus: Yes… all right, fair enough…
Activist Near Front: And Civil Rights…
Omnes: Oh yes! True!
Scotty: Yeah. That’s something we’d really miss if the Unions left, Bigus..
Activist at Back: Disability pay!
Aide:: And it’s safe to walk in the streets at night now.
Gov Scotty: Yes, our public employees certainly know how to keep order… (general nodding)… let’s face it, they’re the only ones who could in a place like this.

(more general murmurs of agreement)
Bigus Koch: All right… all right… but apart from Child Labor Laws, the 8-Hour Work Day, Workplace Safety, Paid Vacations, The Minimum Wage, Health Benefits, Educational loans, Maternity/Family Medical Leave, the GI Bill, Social Security, Medicare, Civil Rights, Disability Pay, and public order… what have the Unions done for us?

Ed Schultz: Created a Middle Class.

Small Voice: …when the rest of the world suffered revolution, communism, or socialism…

Bigus: (very angry, he’s not having a good meeting at all)
What!? Oh…(scornfully) a Middle Class, yes… shut up!

scene

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
– George Santayana, Boston Latin School Class of 1878
Those who cannot remember the past…make up a solid majority.
-Ken Rynne, Class of ’74

Ken Rynne
www.PlanetWashington.com
when news breaks, we fix it

wicked musical political satire
almost famous since 2006


Parodies

Apart from Workplace Safety, the 8-Hour Work Day, Minimum Wage, Vacation & Health Benefits, What Has The Union Ever Done For Us?

MONTY PYTHON PARODY: WHAT HAS THE UNION EVER DONE FOR US? CREATED A MIDDLE CLASS!

The Wisconsin Governor Walker’s now unmasked conspiracy with Billionaire David Koch et al to reject public employees’ concessions and destroy their union itself makes my shanty Irish blood boil.

My father was a member of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and when he made Sergeant, Boston Police Superior Officers’ Association. His unions helped my family share in the American Dream and sent me to college – and law school – with a scholarship.

What Have The Unions Ever Done For Us? It reminds me of a classic Monty Python skit What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us? My little parody is dedicated to the public employees who teach our kids, staff our hospitals, maintain our streets, and keep us safe. Thank you!

WHAT HAVE THE UNIONS EVER DONE FOR US?
Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) as Pilate
Billionaire David Koch as Bigus Dickus

Bigus Dickus Koch: They’ve bled us white, the bastards. They’ve taken everything we had, our freedom, not just from us, from our fathers and from our fathers’ fathers.
Gov. Scotty: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
Bigus Koch: :Yes.
Gov. Scotty:: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
Bigus Koch: All right, Scotty. Don’t ‘labor’ the point. And what have they ever given us in return?
Aide: Child Labor Laws.
Bigus Koch: Oh yeah, yeah they gave us that. Yeah. That’s true.
Activist: And the 8-hour work day!
Scotty:: Oh yes… The 8-hour work day, Bigus, you remember what the city used to be like.
Bigus Koch:: All right, I’ll grant you that Child Labor Laws and the 8-Hour Work Day are two things that the Unions have done…
Aide: And Workplace Safety…

Bigus: (sharply) Well yes obviously the Workplace Safety… Workplace Safety goes without saying. But apart from Child Labor Laws, the 8-Hour Work Day, and Workplace Safety…
Another Activist: Paid Vacation…
Other Voices: The Minimum Wage…Health Benefits…Educational loans…Maternity/Family Medical Leave…Social Security…Medicare..the GI Bill….
Bigus: Yes… all right, fair enough…
Activist Near Front: And Civil Rights…
Omnes: Oh yes! True!
Scotty: Yeah. That’s something we’d really miss if the Unions left, Bigus..
Activist at Back: Disability pay!
Aide:: And it’s safe to walk in the streets at night now.
Gov Scotty: Yes, our public employees certainly know how to keep order… (general nodding)… let’s face it, they’re the only ones who could in a place like this.

(more general murmurs of agreement)
Bigus Koch: All right… all right… but apart from Child Labor Laws, the 8-Hour Work Day, Workplace Safety, Paid Vacations, The Minimum Wage, Health Benefits, Educational loans, Maternity/Family Medical Leave, the GI Bill, Social Security, Medicare, Civil Rights, Disability Pay, and public order… what have the Unions done for us?

Ed Schultz: Created a Middle Class.

Small Voice: …when the rest of the world suffered revolution, communism, or socialism…

Bigus: (very angry, he’s not having a good meeting at all)
What!? Oh…(scornfully) a Middle Class, yes… shut up!

scene

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
– George Santayana, Boston Latin School Class of 1878
Those who cannot remember the past…make up a solid majority.
-Ken Rynne, Class of ’74

Ken Rynne
www.PlanetWashington.com
when news breaks, we fix it

wicked musical political satire
almost famous since 2006


Parodies

Presidential Approval Ratings

At this point in his first term Ronald Reagan’s approval rating was at 34%. Obama is at 55%…but Mubarak was at a very healthy 110%.

Parodies

President, Republican Congressional Leaders Meet At Last and Plan to: Meet Again!

The long-awaited meeting between The President and Congressional Republicans was finally held with agreement all around that the parties should…meet again!  Taxes? GOP united and uniformly against them.  Unemployment Insurance?  Not yet.  Jobs?  None discussed, except for meeting planners apparently.

Upcoming Shows

DC Comedy: After the Rally/March, Laugh at ‘Planet Washington’

DC will play host to three ‘must-see’ events this Saturday 10.30.10.  Mid-day, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart will host the (1) RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY and Stephen Colbert will lead the (2) MARCH TO KEEP FEAR ALIVE.  

After sundown, Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne will host the (3) RALLY TO RESTORE POLITICAL SATIRE.

The 9 PM RALLY TO PRESERVE POLITICAL SATIRE will feature edgy wicked funny musical political satire by  ‘PLANET WASHINGTON” – a former Capitol Step and ‘recovering” Hill staffer Ken Rynne and his faithful piano accompanist and political agnostic Frank Plumer.  

WHERE:  HARRIET’S RESTAURANT, in the Hotel Harrington, 436 11th Street, NW, DC 20004.  Corner of 11th and E Streets, NW , diagonally across from The E Street Theater.  

WHEN:  9:00 PM. TIL @ 10:30 PM

COVER: $15 at the door, $10 if in Halloween Costume,

$10 in advance by PayPal.com (kenrynne@aol.com) or 202 360 5056.

Appearances

DC Comedy: After the Rally/March, Laugh at ‘Planet Washington’

DC will play host to three ‘must-see’ events this Saturday 10.30.10.  Mid-day, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart will host the (1) RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY and Stephen Colbert will lead the (2) MARCH TO KEEP FEAR ALIVE.

After sundown, Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne will host the (3) RALLY TO RESTORE POLITICAL SATIRE.

The 9 PM RALLY TO PRESERVE POLITICAL SATIRE will feature edgy wicked funny musical political satire by  ‘PLANET WASHINGTON” – a former Capitol Step and ‘recovering” Hill staffer Ken Rynne and his faithful piano accompanist and political agnostic Frank Plumer.

Rave Reviews

Roll Call Lauds Roast of Eleanor Holmes Norton!

Last Night’s Toast & Roast of DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton featuring The Hexagoners with Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne (as ‘Congressman Bud Noir’) received a very good review today in Roll Call, the Newspaper of Capitol Hill.

Del. Norton has been a tremendous supporter of Hexagon and The Hexagoners – DC’s oldest original annual musical satirical review for charity.  Hexagon was named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine, the first time such an organization was so honored, in light of its 50-plus year commitment raising millions for local charities through its annual reviews where Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne, Tom Lehrer, Joan Cushing (Mrs Foggybottom) among many others , came out of their shells to write and pound the theatrical boards.

For the roast, Ken Rynne adapted his ‘Bud Noir, Member of Congress” character – an homage to Garrison Keillor’s “Guy Noir, Private Eye,”  in which “Bud” meet Sarah Palin (MJ Bruno) on  a dark and stormy night on Capitol Hill.  Bud observes Sarah by the street light’s last gleaming – her hair is “the color of midnight in the garden of good and the opposite of good — incumbent.”   Hair as long as “a line of Fenty voters — in Ward 2.”  And he notes that Sarah picks her words with all the precision of  a Michelle Rhee School Budget – deficit?  Layoffs!  O, Surplus?  Yo, Adrian!”  Finally, Bud retires to his “luxury condo overlooking the future site of DC’s very own WalMart — can Statehood be far behind?” (Bud Noir Video is available at wwwPlanetWashington.com and YouTube)

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Del. Norton annually participates in skits on Congress night and – after careful lawyerly review of all the materials, reads “newsbreaks” with grace and aplomb to the delight of her constituents and helps raise funds for many worthy causes.

Last night she was her gracious self as she accepted plaudits and good natured barbs from the cast and local pols.

Morella, Davis Throw Zingers at Norton Roast

By Gabe Starosta
Roll Call Staff

Oct. 21, 2010, 12:03 p.m.

On Wednesday night, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton was, for once, the center of attention.

The Washington, D.C., Democrat played the dual roles of honoree and lightning rod for jokes at an event Wednesday night at the U.S. Navy Memorial titled “Roasting and Toasting Miss Eleanor,” a comedy show put on by Hexagon, the popular D.C. theater troupe that specializes in political satire.

The event featured original skits and songs by Hexagon, as well as speeches from several well-known District figures, such as former Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Connie Morella (R-Md.), D.C. Councilman Jack Evans and others.

Norton, sitting front and center, was a good sport throughout the night. And, as she admits, she’s had some practice being the brunt of jokes, many of them focused on the District’s lack of voting rights in Congress.

“How [Hexagon] got this idea to roast Eleanor is beyond me, but when you consider that I have taken a lot of roasting on the Colbert Report, I’ve been used to it,” Norton said in an interview before the show. Norton has a long-standing relationship with Hexagon: She has performed in several scripted skits with the organization during its annual Congress Night show.

Norton was far from the only target for jokes. The national media received its share of the satire, and tea party activists, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) and other GOP leaders were frequent sources of laughter.

One of the highlights of the night was a skit titled “Holmesless in D.C.,” in which a John Boehner look-alike — sporting the Ohio Republican’s signature dark suit and orange tie — recounted a dream about a world in which Norton was never born. Without her to defend the District in Congress, Washington turns Republican: the Chinatown Metro stop is renamed Gallery Place/Cheneytown, after the former vice president, and all taxes are abolished so that D.C. license plates now read simply, “Without Representation.”

In a change that would break liberal hearts, the city’s airport is renamed after both Ronald Reagan and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. And in the coup de grace, Ben’s Chili Bowl — the famous black-owned restaurant on U Street — is recast as Strom’s Oatmeal Bowl, a nod to Strom Thurmond, the former Republican South Carolina Senator and onetime segregation advocate.

Perhaps the night’s funniest presenter was a Republican. Davis, who worked closely with Norton on D.C. issues during his tenure in Congress, nearly stole the show with his comedy routine. Like every presenter, Davis praised Norton for her tireless work on behalf of Washington’s voting rights and revitalization efforts, but he snuck in zinger after zinger about his former Capitol Hill colleague.

“She projects an image of good will — her blouse, her skirt, her shoes, they’re all from Goodwill,” Davis cracked. And as he exited the stage at the end of his set, Davis grabbed the mic and said, “I’ve got to run to a tea party.”

The wisecracks were plentiful, but so were the kind words. Evans spoke about their work reviving Washington since they were elected to their respective positions in 1991, and Hexagon’s opening and closing numbers professed admiration for Norton.

The roastee took the mic briefly at the end of the performance to thank — or not thank — those who had spoken earlier in the evening.

“Everyone knows I have to take it in Congress for the District, but I never thought I’d have to take it from Hexagon,” said a smiling Norton.