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CANCELED: Capitol Steps

This event has been canceled.

This decision was made out of concern for the health of our community as a social distancing measure in light of COVID-19.

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Two Performances
Saturday, May, 2, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium

I don't get up in the morning and look at the news and say, "Is this good for the country or bad for the country?" I say, "Is it funny and what rhymes with it?"

Elaina Newport, Capitol Steps co-founder

The Capitol Steps began 38 years ago, and just ten years later they showed up on the Beckman stage...and they've been back every year since. And so have the audiences, because no two shows are the same, and laughter really is the best medicine!

They're the best. There's no one like them, no one in their league.

Larry King, CNN

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.

The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave public life.

Former President George H. W. Bush

Well thank you Capitol Steps. Now you're all under arrest.

Former President Ronald Reagan

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, The Lyin' Kings. 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.

NBC Goes behind the scenes with the Capitol Steps in this piece from 2018.
No matter which side you're on, you must have noticed: there sure are a lot of Democratic presidential candidates. The Capitol Steps noticed, too.

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