National Press Club

Mark Russell Entertains at Spring Hoot, 6:30 pm April 15; $35

December 31, 1969 | By Don Larrabee |

Musical political satirist Mark Russell will perform at the Spring Hoot on Thursday, April 15.

The dinner coordinated by the Club’s Silver Owls (25 years or more members) will install newly eligible members of the Owls and trace the years since Russell was introduced to the Club in 1961 during the NPC presidency of the current Head Hoot, John Cosgrove.

Golden Owl Sid Yudain, founding editor and publisher of Roll Call, is credited with discovering Russell and steering him to the former Carroll Arms Hotel, where he wowed congressional staffers for years before becoming a fixture at the Shoreham Hotel for two decades while creating comedy specials for public television.

The program will also include parodies by the Owls’ chorus, including the “Mark Russell Sandwich Song,” recalling a chef’s concoction that included ham and tongue, among other things. The Gridiron’s pianist John Fluck will accompany and entertain during dinner.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar reception and hors d’oeuvres followed at 7:30 p.m. by a favorite Owls’ roast beef dinner with wine and the Mark Russell show. Tickets are $35. The event is open to all Club members and guests. Reserve at or 202 662-7501.