Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) and KGOU present the popular political satire group The Capitol Steps Saturday, Aug. 22, 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 and places that employed them. In the years that followed, 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 distinction to have performed for the last five presidents.
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 founding member 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.”
With a unique 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.
The college recently announced the lineup for their upcoming Performing Arts Series. To learn more about this season’s world-class artists, go to /pas. To see a list of upcoming shows at OCCC’s VPAC Theater or to purchase tickets visit tickets.occc.edu.