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.
Capital Steps has been going on for about 25 years, and I haven’t seen all of them, but I’ve seen a bunch of them, and the latest one I saw was at Town Hall at the end of February, and it was terrific. If you haven’t ever seen them, check out their website and find out when they are coming to an area near you, because they’re hilarious. They’re talented people with great voices. The satire is great. The skits are great. Their song list gives you a hint: Battle Hymn of the Tea Public, Ebony and Ovaries, Help Me Fake it to the Right, Secret Kenyan Man, What Kind of Cool Am I, Strangers on Your Flight. I mean, there are just some really hilarious kinds of talent there. So I’m going to give it five stars. Five stars, there you go.