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Upcoming Shows

Ken Rynne’s New Jeers for the New Year — January 18 — at a new location! The Beacon Hotel!


Catch the Laughs Saturday Night!
SATURDAY JANUARY 18, 7:30 PM

Gut-Busting, Politician-Skewering
Ken Rynne’s PLANET WASHINGTON
At a NEW Boutique Location
The Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Ave
Washington, DC 20036

Don’t miss a unique evening of hilarious musical social satire & riotous political spoofs, performed by former Hill Staffer and Capitol Step the irreverent Ken Rynne and dynamic keyboard sidekick Frank Plumer.

Cabaret Setting – Drink & Eat, Laugh & Repeat!
SATURDAY JANUARY 18, 7:30 PM $20
Tickets: www.Eventbrite.com

“If laughter is still the best medicine, Ken Rynne is a one-man Mayo Clinic.” – PBS NewsHour’s MARK SHIELDS

“Funny! Pithy! And you have a better piano player than I do.” – MARK RUSSELL

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

Audience Reactions Audio mp3 Funny Stuff

WTOP’s Bob Madigan: Sometimes Washington Seems Like Another Planet

Bob Madigan, WTOP’s Man About Town dropped in to PLANET WASHINGTOPN’s show Saturday Night and liked what he heard! His great report aired 3/10/13, and is on WTOP’s web site and is attached here. WTOP Bob Madigan’s Report

Audio mp3 Parodies Rave Reviews

WTOP’s Bob Madigan: Sometimes Washington Seems Like Another Planet

Bob Madigan, WTOP’s Man About Town dropped in to PLANET WASHINGTOPN’s show Saturday Night and liked what he heard! His great report aired 3/10/13, and is on WTOP’s web site and is attached here. WTOP Bob Madigan’s Report

Ken is just as funny as he was growing up in Boston – wicked funny!”

College Tour Healing with Humor Parody Videos

How YOUR NEWS Is Made & Our First Term Obama Medley “Barack Obama Superstar”

…..Professor Ken Rynne of Planet Washington explains to a live audience “How Your News Is Made.” Three flavors: PBS SnoozeHour, MSDNC, and FAUX NEWS.
If it leads…it bleeds. “Breaking News” means BE AFRAID!!! And more lessons from years misspent on the Hill.   Also – our first term Obama tribute.

Live comedy performance.

Parodies

How Your News Is Made – 3 Flavors: PBS, MSNBC, & FOX

…..Professor Ken Rynne of Planet Washington explains to a live audience “How Your News Is Made.” Three flavors: PBS SnoozeHour, MSDNC, and FAUX NEWS.
If it leads…it bleeds. “Breaking News” means BE AFRAID!!! And more lessons from the other side..

Live comedy performance.

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.

Parodies

Talkin' bout My Generation

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and speak with university students from South Africa concerned with their country’s progress. I quoted from memory my fellow Quincy man John Adams on the subject of intergenerational responsibility, ” I study war and politics so that my sons may study art and music.”

Mr. Adams’ quote follows:

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give

their children a right to study paintings, poetry, music, artchitecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

With respect Mr. A, my edits were effective with a 21st Century audience — and they make you tweet-able!

Healing with Humor Think Piece

Talkin’ bout My Generation

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and speak with university students from South Africa concerned with their country’s progress. I quoted from memory my fellow Quincy man John Adams on the subject of intergenerational responsibility, ” I study war and politics so that my sons may study art and music.”

Mr. Adams’ quote follows:

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give

their children a right to study paintings, poetry, music, artchitecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

With respect Mr. A, my edits were effective with a 21st Century audience — and they make you tweet-able!