By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) and KGOU Radio present the popular political satire group The Capitol Steps, on Saturday, August 22. The event will take place at 8 p.m. in the college’s Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater.
Over 30 years ago the Washington DC-based Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people that employed them.
In 1981, the group came together when some staffers for Republican Illinois Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their original concept was to stage a nativity play, but “they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin in the whole Congress.”
Soon they began to review the daily headlines, which became the inspiration to create song parodies and skits that has become The Capitol Steps signature brand of satirical humor.
In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom, and quit their day jobs, to stage shows all over the country.
The Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, “Mock the Vote.” 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.
The group has the privilege to have performed for the last five presidents.
Not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, but most have worked on Capitol Hill. Together they have 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience, some for Democrats, some for Republicans. The group contends that no matter who holds office, there’s never a shortage of material.
Founding member Elaina Newport said, “Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That’s what we call the two-party system.”
With a special blend of musical and political comedy, each show consists of “tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing.”
The Capitol Steps show is free of profanity and is appropriate for early teens and up.
Tickets are $35-$45 and can be purchased online at tickets.occc.edu, by calling (405) 682-7579 or in-person at OCCC Box Office. To learn more about The Capitol Steps at www.capsteps.com.
OCCC has recently announced the lineup for their upcoming Performing Arts Series. Performances will feature The Texas Tenors, Doc Severinsen with the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Los Lobos: Fiesta Mexico-Americana, Jim Brickman: The Platinum Tour and Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall.
A savings of over 20 percent is available for those who wish to purchase a Series subscription with the form available online or call 405-682-7576 and ask for Kurt.