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Nationally Acclaimed Political Satire Troupe

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 The Capitol Steps Biography

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. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and 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 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 34 albums, including their latest, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying. 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 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 co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, 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 created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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, DC, 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, or State Legislators. In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last five Presidents (6, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program.

No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy?

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Speaking Topics
  • The Lighter Side of Politics

    The Capitol Steps' show is rip-roaring political fun. The seven-member cast is a constant transition of new costumes, props, and music. Their political satire song parodies take potshots at the outrageous goings-on in Washington. Equal opportunity satirists, they take aim at issues that are in the news right now
    • picking on Republicans, Democrats and anyone else who deserves it. The Steps treat audiences to such ditties as: *Ain't No Surplus Now It's Gone, Wouldn't It Be Hillary, The Sunni Side of Tikrit* and more. The Capitol Steps are an unforgettable entertainment experience.

  • Poltical Satire

  • An Evening's Entertainment with Capitol Steps

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  • HOW TO BOOK The Capitol Steps?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like The Capitol Steps for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for The Capitol Steps, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for The Capitol Steps or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK The Capitol Steps?

    Booking fees for The Capitol Steps, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire The Capitol Steps, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR The Capitol Steps?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like The Capitol Steps for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book The Capitol Steps for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent The Capitol Steps or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for The Capitol Steps or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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The Capitol Steps

Nationally Acclaimed Political Satire Troupe

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The Capitol Steps Biography

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. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and 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 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 34 albums, including their latest, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying. 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 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 co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, 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 created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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, DC, 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, or State Legislators. In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last five Presidents (6, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program.

No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy?

The Capitol Steps Videos

  • Lirty Dies: A Nunch of Butts - Capitol Steps - YouTube
  • Your next president: Donald Trump - Capitol Steps - YouTube
  • Fox and Friends - Capitol Steps - YouTube

The Capitol Steps Speaking Topics

  • The Lighter Side of Politics

    The Capitol Steps' show is rip-roaring political fun. The seven-member cast is a constant transition of new costumes, props, and music. Their political satire song parodies take potshots at the outrageous goings-on in Washington. Equal opportunity satirists, they take aim at issues that are in the news right now
    • picking on Republicans, Democrats and anyone else who deserves it. The Steps treat audiences to such ditties as: *Ain't No Surplus Now It's Gone, Wouldn't It Be Hillary, The Sunni Side of Tikrit* and more. The Capitol Steps are an unforgettable entertainment experience.

  • Poltical Satire

  • An Evening's Entertainment with Capitol Steps

FAQs on booking The Capitol Steps

  • How to book The Capitol Steps?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like The Capitol Steps for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for The Capitol Steps, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for The Capitol Steps or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book The Capitol Steps?

    Booking fees for The Capitol Steps, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire The Capitol Steps, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for The Capitol Steps?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like The Capitol Steps for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book The Capitol Steps for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent The Capitol Steps or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for The Capitol Steps or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

The Capitol Steps is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book The Capitol Steps for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. The Capitol Steps generally travels from VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Roy Firestone, Kevin Powell, Ben Stein, Bill Maher and The Second City. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling The Capitol Steps for an upcoming event.

The Capitol Steps Speaker Videos

  • Lirty Dies: A Nunch of Butts - Capitol Steps - YouTube
    Your next president: Donald Trump - Capitol Steps - YouTube
  • Fox and Friends - Capitol Steps - YouTube
    Romney vs. Obama: Presidential Debate Rematch - Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps Speaking Topics

  • The Lighter Side of Politics

    The Capitol Steps' show is rip-roaring political fun. The seven-member cast is a constant transition of new costumes, props, and music. Their political satire song parodies take potshots at the outrageous goings-on in Washington. Equal opportunity satirists, they take aim at issues that are in the news right now
    • picking on Republicans, Democrats and anyone else who deserves it. The Steps treat audiences to such ditties as: *Ain't No Surplus Now It's Gone, Wouldn't It Be Hillary, The Sunni Side of Tikrit* and more. The Capitol Steps are an unforgettable entertainment experience.

  • Poltical Satire

  • An Evening's Entertainment with Capitol Steps

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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