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Mark Russell performs at WNED/WBFO Studios

Political satirist Mark Russell returns to Buffalo for a special performance to benefit the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

“An Evening with Mark Russell” takes place at 6 p.m. April 15 in the WNED/WBFO Studios, 140 Lower Terrace. The location is fitting since Russell was host of the popular “Mark Russell Comedy Specials” which aired on WNED-TV and PBS for 30 years.

Russell, who won the Mark Twain Award for political comedy, retired in 2010, but continues to perform. He has written two musicals for children, “Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe” and “Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major.”

Tickets for the benefit are $50 and available online at; if still available, tickets will be sold at the door. The event benefits educational programming for the site under the Michael J. McDermid Exemplary Citizenship Fund.

TR Site Executive Director Stanton Hudson said the benefit is particularly fitting, since the evening’s theme centers on the American political process. The fund, he added in a prepared release, will “help support a programming initiative that focuses on issues central to Roosevelt’s presidency and foundational to his enduring legacy, including immigration and urban poverty, race and social inequities, environmental conservation, big business and labor, and the U.S. role in global affairs.”

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, located at 641 Delaware Ave., preserves the home in which Roosevelt became the 26th president of the United States.

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