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Political satire troupe to make rounds before election

Capitol Steps
Capitol Steps

Just in time for the upcoming elections, the Capitol Steps, a political satire troupe, will give a concert Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $44 with discounts available for students and groups. 

Billing themselves as the company that put the “mock” in democracy, the Capitol Steps take pride in poking fun at candidates on both sides of the political aisle. 

“The Capitol Steps are what Washington would be like if everyone were smarter and could sing,” said humorist P.J. O’Rourke.

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 Sen. Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. 

“Their first idea was to stage a nativity play,” said Bill Hurd, Capitol Steps press secretary general. “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 and skits, which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.”

The Capitol Steps, whose show at UGA in February sold out, have recorded more than 30 albums, including their latest, Take the Money and Run—for President, whose cover (above)  features caricatures of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama hauling sacks of money across a finish line.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400.