APWA's Congress just got a whole lot funnier

Banquet to feature The Capitol Steps

Not planning to come to the Grand Banquet at the APWA Congress? Think again! Instead, get your tickets now to see The Capitol Steps, the only group in America that attempts to be funnier than the U.S. Congress. The comedy troop just signed on to bring side-splitting laughter and witty political satire to the Banquet on Wednesday, September 15.

"Clapped like mad for the Capitol Steps! The best musical satire on Washington I've ever seen!" — The Washington Times

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 Capitol Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, The Capitol Steps have recorded 24 albums, including their latest, "Papa's Got a Brand New Baghdad." They have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials.

"These people are very funny. They do comedy, they do satire - and they do it extremely well." — Bernard Shaw, CNN

The Capitol Steps were born in December 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. They decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies and skits that conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ronald Reagan was President when The Capitol Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers. The Capitol Steps now perform about 500 shows per year, and have been to 49 states (rumor has it that Dick Cheney is single-handedly keeping them out of his home state of Wyoming).

"The troupe has become a favorite on the Washington social circuit. Its political satire brings chuckles...rave reviews...guffaws...and bipartisan grins all around. The satire hits the mark." — The Wall Street Journal

Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there's never a shortage of material. Says Elaina Newport, "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."

Although The Capitol Steps are based in Washington, D.C., most of their shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences, whether it's the National Welding Supply Association, a university audience, high schoolers, state legislators—or APWA members this coming September. In fact, The Capitol Steps have performed for the last five Presidents. The only complaints they seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program.

"They're the best. There's no one like them, no one in their league." — Larry King, CNN

The material is updated constantly, whether to include George Bush's latest malapropism, in "Don't Go Fakin' You're Smart" (to Elton John's "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart") or John Kerry's positions on the issues ("I've Taken Stands on Both Sides Now") or on the international side, Ariel Sharon and Yassir Arafat reconciling their differences in the touching "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." No matter who's in the headlines, The Capitol Steps are equal opportunity offenders.

So join all of your friends for an evening of celebration at the Congress Banquet concluding your exciting week in Atlanta. Get your tickets now at www.customreg.com/apwareg/register.asp. You won't want to miss The Capitol Steps—they'll "cap" off your week and leave you wanting more.