The Capitol Steps
- Larry King, CNN
"The Capitol Steps are what Washington would be like if everyone were smarter and could sing."
- P.J. O'Rourke, Humorist
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 30 albums, including ObamaMia!, Fiscal Shades Of Gray, How To Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying, and their latest album, Mock The Vote. 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.
QUOTES & REVIEWS
"Everything was done in excellent taste....it set a happy tone for what turned out to be the most successful NCURA has had to date"
National Council of University Research Administrators
"The conference participants overwhelmingly agreed that the perfomance by the Capitol Steps was absolutely fantastic and truly a highlight of our affair."
United States Congress, House of Representatives
"If anything, your group was funnier than the last time you were with us."
Grand Valley State University
"The best musical satire on Washington ever seen."
The Washington Times
"The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave public life."
Former President George H. W. Bush
"I wanted you folks to know that this was just a terrific event for our community. Thank you! We ... exceeded our targets on all fronts. Capitol Steps are one of the most professional, engaged, kindest bunch of performers we've worked with, and the entire experience - from booking to show night - was a real pleasure. The organization is right there every Step of the way with marketing support, and you've never met a better group for interacting with your patrons. Thanks for the great show Capitol Steps!"
Steven Bentz. Director, Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL