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TV Upcoming Shows

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

Political Satire in DC

Saturday March 9 7:30pm
The Westin 1400 M St NW 20004
2d floor fireplace lounge
$20 advance tickets: 202 360 5056

in the tradition of Mark Russell, Jon Stewart, and Justin Beiber

Appearances

Mark Russell @ Planet Washington Show!

Audience members were tickled as Mark Russell took to the piano and did a 15 minute set during the February Planet Washington show at The Westin. He’s still the king! (It’s good to be the king!) Thanks Mark!

Our March show is March 9 at The Westin, 1400 M St NW DC.
You never know who might drop in.

Upcoming Shows

* * * Last Show Before HBO * * * Ken Rynne, ‘Planet Washington’ * * *

Two live shows in our DC cabaret setting will be videotaped for later distribution! So smile. February 16 and Mar 9, 7:30-9:00 pm, The Westin 1400 M Street NW DC (2d floor Fireplace Room). $20

Tickets: 202 360 5056 Tom

Ninety minutes of fun story telling, musical parody, and great music from a Washington insider Ken Rynne and sidekick and piano accompanist Frank Plummer in an intimate cabaret setting.

Appearances

* * * Last Show Before HBO * * * Ken Rynne, 'Planet Washington' * * *

Two live shows in our DC cabaret setting will be videotaped for later distribution! So smile. February 16 and Mar 9, 7:30-9:00 pm, The Westin 1400 M Street NW DC (2d floor Fireplace Room). $20

Tickets: 202 360 5056 Tom

Ninety minutes of fun story telling, musical parody, and great music from a Washington insider Ken Rynne and sidekick and piano accompanist Frank Plummer in an intimate cabaret setting.

Parodies

Planet Washington: Proud to be a part of Mark Russell's America

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.

Appearances

Planet Washington: Proud to be a part of Mark Russell’s America

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.

Videos

Goodnight, Farewell, Get Out! From Planet Washington

LIVE PERFORMANCE!!! Planet Wshington’s Ken Rynne does it again! A wicked funny parody of Mel Brooks’ final song from the film The Producers! The former Hill aode and lawyer ‘splains DC with mirthful music and wicked funny parodies. Beat’s workin.

Appearances Rave Reviews Videos

The Night Mark Russell Joined Us!

The first time the Dean of Political Satirists Dropped In — and stole the show!