Putting the ‘Mock’ in Democracy

"CAPITAL STEPS: WHEN BUSH COMES TO SHOVE"
The political comedy troupe “The Capitol Steps” bring their act to Tacoma’s Pantages Theatre Sept. 23.

Political comedy troupe The Capitol Steps returns to Tacoma

Back by popular demand, comedy troupe The Capitol Steps returns with an evening of political satire to Tacoma’s Pantages Theater. The evening shares a new show of musical and political comedy with songs from their current album “Orange is the New Barack” on Sat., Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19 and are on sale now.

From less-than-humble beginnings as senate staffers, The Capitol Steps have elevated political satire to an art form. They have now recorded more than 30 albums and performed their unique blend of musical and political comedy on every major network. The live comedy show is constantly changing, strenuously bi-partisan, and includes songs lampooning the 2016 election, as well as other hot topics, such as “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” “Ain’t No Pipeline, Now It’s Gone” and “The iMpossible iWatch.”

If you’ve been keeping with the news, you know there is no shortage of material. Regardless of political affiliations, anyone who’s ever wanted to see Hillary Clinton sing a show tune, President Donald Trump sing a rock song, or Chris Christie perform classical ballet, this is a lighthearted show full of humor sure to create laughter across the aisle.

Tickets for The Capitol Steps are on sale now and start at $19. To buy now, call the Broadway Center Box Office at (253) 591-5894, toll-free 1 (800) 291-7593, online at BroadwayCenter.org, or in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma’s Theater District.

About the Capitol Steps:

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 within 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 and skits that 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 more than 30 albums, including their latest, “Orange Is the New Barack.” 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. For more, visit capsteps.com.

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