NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED MUSICAL COMEDY TROUPE THE CAPITOL STEPS POKES FUN AT POLITICS WITH MOCK THE VOTE SHOW
The Capitol Steps are an acclaimed comedy troupe delivering musical, bipartisan political satire.
The group rings in the new year at Texas A&M University-Kingsville—an election year—with a free performance of their current touring show, Mock the Vote on Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m., in Jones Auditorium.
This performance is part of the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series.
Over 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. 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 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.
About the Capitol Steps
The Capitol Steps were born in December 1981, when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so according to co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala, if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers.
They decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies and skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was, according to the Capitol Steps, was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill, some for Democrats and some for Republicans. No matter who holds office, there's never a shortage of material. Co-founder 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.”
The Capitol Steps have performed for the last five U.S. Presidents.
About the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series
The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a year-long program of art, music and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students and community audiences. The series strives to provide a new element of learning outside the classroom for students as they are entertained and educated through diverse mediums. Community members are welcome to continue life-long learning by attending these events.