The Capitol Steps

June 05, 2020

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The Capitol Steps - The Lyin' Kings Tour

“We put the MOCK in democracy.”

Started by three Republican staffers in 1981, The Capitol Steps is a bipartisan American political-satire comedy troupe that takes no sides and lampoons every political party equally. Up-to-date current event skits lead into popular song parodies that turn Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” into “Wake Me Up in Mar-a-Lago.” Each performance involves five out of 22 of their performers accompanied by a pianist, so you never know just who will show up. Trump, Bernie – even Rachel Maddow takes the stage with political puns and goofy performances! In this current political atmosphere that can be so divided, it’s good to laugh together.

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some 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 they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, The Lyin' Kings. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

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