Capitol Steps Review – Taking Political Humor “Up A Step”

The Capitol Steps comedy group has been performing for over thirty years which is evidence of their popularity. The group was formed  in 1981 during a political Christmas party for former senator, Charles Percy. Since then, they have performed ever changing shows with satirical themes poking fun at current events, politics, and political figures, both in the US and internationally. Capitol Steps has also recorded over thirty albums full of hysterical songs and parodies from their sold out shows. Performers over the years have worked directly on Capitol Hill and for various politicians, which helps them brainstorm for their brilliant parodies. Capitol Steps has toured all over the US, appeared on the radio, numerous TV shows such as The Today Show, 20/20, and Good Morning America, and also has performed for several US presidents.

 

I had the pleasure of seeing Capitol Steps perform for the first time at the North Shore Center for the Performin Arts in Skokie, Illinois on January 24th.  There are additional performances on January 25th at 8pm, January 26th at 5 and 8pm, and January 27th at 2pm. This show was one of the most clever comedy shows I have ever seen. The parodies and words were of ingenious invention and I laughed at basically every line that evening. Besides the new musical, Book of Mormon, I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard or have been so wonderfully entertained during a live show. After seeing the show, I realized that it helps the performers brainstorm fresh material each year  if they work for political figures.  I also enjoyed picturing in my head how the politicians and presidents might react to The Capitol Steps when they perform for them!


The Capitol Steps’ show material constantly changes and the performers also get their inspiration from the latest political news, scandals, and current events.  Some of my favorite skits included: If I Tax a Rich Man, the Rolling Stones parody, The Devil and Khadafi, I’ve Grown Accustomed to My Facebook, The Merry Wives of Gingrich, There’s Got To Be a Mormon After, Obama Spice Man, the Twinkie lament, and The Pope Tweets. The Pope Tweets was one of my favorites with lines such as “OMG-I’m wearing white after Labor Day.” I also really enjoyed the Rolling Stones parody with a medley of songs such as Hey You Get Off of My Lawn, Oh, Angie-o-plasty, You Can’t Always Buy What You Want, and I’ve Got a Bald Spot and I Want to Paint It Black.
 


After the show ended, I left the theater with a sore stomach from laughing so hard. In addition, I felt more enlightened about US politics, politicians, and current events. Capitol Steps was a great experience and I can’t wait for it to return next year.

 

For more information on The Capitol Steps’ show tours and updated news, you can visit http://www.capsteps.com/. For information on the local performances at North Shore Center in Skokie, go to http://www.northshorecenter.org/.  

Photos: Courtesy of Northshore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie

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