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DC Scandal, Isn’t That Redundant?

A new guide to DC Scandals lists OUR OWN WESTIN HOTEL as site of Mayor for Life Marion Barry’s debut on the FBI’s reality show America’s Got Crack!
The Hotel was then known as The Vista Hotel – Now, The Westin. The room was and is No. 727. Although as Hizzonor explained “b@tch set me up,” the charges didn’t stick. Mr. Barry is currently City Councilman from Ward 8.

[As a Bostonian I understand this. My grandparents elected Mayor Curley to Congress – while a resident of Danbury Federal Prison. “He may be a crook – but he was OUR crook” as Grampa Keough explained].

Planet Washington currently makes with the jokes and sets scandals to music monthly at The Westin, 1400 M Street, NW, DC 20005 in the 2d floor Fireplace Room.

Our next show: July 13, 7:30 pm, $20.

Catch us on July 11-12-13 on The Arch Campbell Show, Channel 8 in DC.

Appearances

DC Scandal, Isn’t That Redundant?

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A new guide to DC Scandals lists OUR OWN WESTIN HOTEL as site of Mayor for Life Marion Barry’s debut on the FBI’s reality show America’s Got Crack!
The Hotel was then known as The Vista Hotel – Now, The Westin. The room was and is No. 727. Although as Hizzonor explained “b@tch set me up,” the charges didn’t stick. Mr. Barry is currently City Councilman from Ward 8.

[As a Bostonian I understand this. My grandparents elected Mayor Curley to Congress – while a resident of Danbury Federal Prison. “He may be a crook – but he was OUR crook” as Grampa Keough explained].  Loyalty.

Parodies

Scalia Laments No Mo Doma!

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Justice Scalia was particularly upset. We dedicate this little ditty to him.

NO MO DOMA
Ken Rynne’s PLANET WASHINGTON, when news breaks, we fix it!
(“Going to the Chapel” parody)

Going to the chapel and we’re gonna to get married.
5 to 4 the Su-premes say that, we can get married.
Gee, I really love you and we’re gonna to get married.
Going to the chapel of love.

Summer is here, the sky is blue.
While politicians sing, as if they knew.
Today’s the day, we’ll say, “I do”
As we watch Justice Scalia’s head explode….(fade out)

See and hear us:
Arch Campbell Show, Channel 8, DC, July 11
Live, The Westin 1400 M St NW, DC July 13
www.planetwashington.com

Parodies

NSA: No Such Agency

The Guardian (UK) Newspaper reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been monitoring the time, duration, and other characteristics of cell phone calls of all Verizon customers in the United States.

Planet Washington: When news breaks, we fix it.

NSA walks into a bar.
Bartender: “Got a new joke for you.”
NSA: “Heard it.”

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

Upcoming Shows

WHAT A WEEK “for me to poop on” – To Quote A Distinguished Colleague, Triumph the Late Night Comic Insult Dog.

Laughter – and Music – NOW More Than Ever!!!
Saturday night at The Westin “Planet Washington” takes on NRA Registration (Required Before Buying a Senator), the media (“Breaking News Means ‘BE AFRAID'”), and exploding fertilizer plants (CNN)…to name a few.

It was a week of bravery, resilience, and a community uniting — but we’ll be covering what you saw on the news.

LAST SHO BEFORE HBO. www.planetwashington.com
When news breaks, we fix it.

Planet Washington Monthly Live Show!
Saturday, April 20, 7:30 pm.
The 2d Floor Fireplace Room
The Westin
1400 M St NW DC 20005
$20 at the door/in advance

Appearances

WHAT A WEEK "for me to poop on" – To Quote A Distinguished Colleague, Triumph the Late Night Comic Insult Dog.

Saturday night at The Westin “Planet Washington” takes on NRA Registration (Required Before Buying a Senator), the media (“Breaking News Means ‘BE AFRAID'”), and exploding fertilizer plants (CNN)…to name a few.

It was a week of bravery, resilience, and a community uniting — but we’ll be covering what you saw on the news.

Upcoming Shows

Planet Washington’s April 20 Show: “Every Day Is April Fools in DC!”

Come see what all the laughter and music is about.
April 20 at 7:30 pm.
At The Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel, 1400 M St NW 20005. In the 2d Floor Fireplace Lounge.

WTOP’s Man About Town Bob Madigan came to our March Show – I think he liked us, he really liked us!

Bob Madigan WTOP LOVES Planet Washington. Hear his report on our earlier post on this web site!

Appearances

Planet Washington’s April 20 Show: "Every Day Is April Fools in DC!"

Come see what all the laughter and music is about.
April 20 at 7:30 pm.
At The Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel, 1400 M St NW 20005. In the 2d Floor Fireplace Lounge.

WTOP’s Man About Town Bob Madigan came to our March Show – Bob Madigan LOVES Planet Washington.

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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