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Fort Lewis College welcomes The Capitol Steps

Satire and side-splitting comedy — just in time for election season — returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, on Monday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., as the “politically incorrect” Capitol Steps takes the stage.

The Capitol Steps bills itself as the only comedy troupe in America that attempts to be funnier than the United States Congress. By all accounts, the troupe, even after 30 years, is, “as sharp as ever.”

Conceived in 1981, The Capitol Steps was founded originally by a group of current and former Congressional staffers during Ronald Reagan’s administration. Co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala were charged with planning entertainment for Sen. Charles Percy’s holiday party. As the story goes, the first idea was to stage a nativity play, but searching the entire Congress, they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin.

The trio then dug into the headlines of the day, creating the song parodies and skits that have since come to trademark The Steps’ unique brand of humor. The logic at the time of Reagan was, if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers.

The Capitol Steps has recorded more than 30 albums, including the latest, “Take the Money and Run for President” (2012). Members of the troupe have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times annually on National Public Radio stations nationwide during the Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

Tickets for The Capitol Steps — $30 and $40 — are available by calling 247-7657, and on the web at

Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6:30 p.m.

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