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Capital Steps Theater Group
The Capitol Steps are a troupe of Congressional staffers-turned-comedians who travel the States satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. The Steps perform over 500 shows a year all over the country.
Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 21 albums, including their latest, "One Bush, Two Bush, Old Bush, New Bush. " They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials.
The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when 3 staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin! So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Since then, the Steps have had over 4,500 performances in 48 states. The group now has 22 cast members, 5 of whom are on stage for anyone show.
Although the Capitol Steps are based in Washington, DC, most of their shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences. Whether it's the National Welding Supply Association, a University audience, High Schoolers, or State Legislators, people love to laugh at the foibles of public figures like Jerry Falwell ("Loonies of the Right" ) or Bill Clinton's new office ("In the Ghetto"), or even hear us pay tribute to New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani ("The Rudy is a Champ"). In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last 5 Presidents (6, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program!
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