Russell, the political comedian, works the fern-lib angle in his remarks.
"This event raises several important questions," he says.
"Question: What is macho? Answer: a little-known Marx brother.
"Question: Has a woman ever been admitted? Answer: only Renee Richards.
"Question: Is sex really a preoccupation with sports fans? Answer: only during halftime."
The biggest laughs, though, occur midway through the evening when Russell introduces Billy Carter.
"Here's a man," Russell says, "who has fewer people in his hometown than there are at this head table. I give you the Potentate of Pilsner, the Once and Future Ambassador to Milwaukee—Billy Carter!"
The President's brother receives a loud welcome as well as a special "award," a six-pack of beer. Carter pops open a can, takes a swig and drowns in another wave of applause.
"I never talked to this many Yankees at one time in all my life," Billy says in his corn-pone tone. "In fact, I've never even seen a pro football game. I have seen the Atlanta Falcons twice, but I guess that don't count."
Later, at a cocktail party, Billy, as he prefers to be called, strikes up an instant friendship with Oakland Raider Coach John Madden, who is resplendent in a size 54-long tuxedo.