Campaign-Fully Funny Capitol Steps to Treat Playhouse Square Audiences to Hilarious Musical Political Satire Oct. 2910:00 AM
Thank to our politicians, there’s never a shortage of material for the Steps, who said, “Typically the Republicans goof up and the Democrats party, or the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That’s what we call the two party system.”
This never-ending wealth of humor has enabled the Steps to churn out yearly topical comedy albums, with titles like When Bush Comes to Shove; Between Iraq and a Hard Place and One Bush, Two Bush, Old Bush, New Bush. Their current album is Campaign and Suffering.
Composed of current and former Congressional staffers, The Capitol Steps began in 1981 at the office Christmas party of former Senator Charles Percy.
The Steps’ bi-partisan satire soon spilled over to: live performances, their own specials for Public Television, as well as appearances on all three networks, regular exposure on National Public Radio and an on-going weekend gig as resident comedy artists at Chelsea’s in Washington, DC’s Georgetown district.
The view from the Capitol Steps pokes fun at issues and public figures, with past administration jibes including a skit about a certain President who “played the saxophone without inhaling;” a Steps’ cum Mrs. Dan Quayle singing “I Want A Man With A Slow Mind” and other song parodies like “We Arm The World” (to “We Are The World”),“Heard It On The Nightline,” “Hang Down Your Head, Tom Daschle,” “You Can’t Fly With Giant Thighs,” “Pirates of Ted’s Pants”…you get the picture.
Many celebs and politicians (some of whom have been targets themselves) have performed with the Steps, such as Sam Donaldson, Vice President Gore, Pat Robertson and former President Bush. In fact, his experiences with the troupe prompted this comment from the senior Bush: “The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave office!”
(Tickets are $45, $35, $25 & $10 Smart Seats for the CAPITOL STEPS’ Sat., OCT. 29th 7:30 pm show at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace Theatre. Available online at playhousesquare.org; at the ticket office; or call 216-241-6000.)