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Popular political satire troupe, the Capital Steps brings a healthy dose of comic relief at the height of election season to the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. This group of former (but not disgruntled) congressional staffers travels the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. Tickets for this performance are on sale now at LiedCenter.org or 402.472.4747.

“No matter what your political affiliation, Lied patrons will love the Capitol Steps,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “We are pleased to bring the Capitol Steps back to the Lied Center for our 25th anniversary season. You can expect a brand new show with a multitude of fresh material.”

For over 30 years the Capitol Steps have been putting politics and scandal to music in bipartisan spoofery. Armed with a never-ending supply of fresh material from our elected officials, the Capitol Steps continue to put the “mock” in democracy.

The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when three staffers for Senator Charles Percy were asked to provide entertainment for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Christmas party. They decided to dig into the headlines and hot topics of the day, creating new lyrics for familiar tunes. What emerged was a special brand of satirical humor that played as well in Peoria as it did on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Steps perform over four hundred shows a year, covering territory from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 18 albums, including 6 during the Clinton Presidency: Unzippin' My Doo-Dah, Sixteen Scandals, Return to Center, A Whole Newt World, Lord of the Fries, and The Joy of Sax. Over the past 16 years, the Capitol Steps have been featured on three national PBS specials, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, NBC Nightly News, and CNN's Inside Politics. Their song parodies have been played dozens of times on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Along with their weekly spots on Radio America's "Dateline: Washington" and WMAL's "Stevens & Core" show, they can be heard 4 times a year nationwide during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials, broadcast by NPR stations nationwide.

This program would not be possible without the generous support of Swanson Russell.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Capitol Steps’ performance on Thursday, Oct. 9 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402.472.4747. Tickets start at just $36 for adults. Tickets to most Lied Center presented events are available to students for 50% off.