First, combine a Washington, D.C. venue and an upcoming and hotly debated presidential election. Add a date shortly before the GOP and Democratic national conventions.
What do you get? The perfect time and place for a political comedy show performed by the “Capitol Steps,” a group that’s been poking fun at politics, politicians and the headlines of the day since the Reagan administration.
The group will perform its particular brand of satirical humor – song parodies, standup comedy and more – at a special presentation for all VAM attendees from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, in Potomac Ballroom A/B. The event is open at no charge to all registered attendees, guests and exhibitors.
No topic is safe, whether it’s the FBI’s fight earlier this year with Apple over a locked iPhone to Bill Clinton commenting on Hillary to Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. Perhaps the audience will hear Bernie Sanders sing a show tune or hear about “Deleter of the Facts.”
The group got its start in 1981. Senate staffers, planning entertainment for a Christmas party, created song parodies and skits from the headlines at the time and created the Capitol Steps in the process. The group has recorded more than 30 albums (the latest is “What to Expect When You’re Electing”) and has been featured on national television and radio.
“We are thrilled to offer the humor of the Capitol Steps to our members and guests,” said SVS President Dr. Bruce A. Perler, who was instrumental in bringing the “Steps” to VAM. “I am certain that, no matter what a particular member’s politics, in this most ‘unusual’ of presidential election campaigns, the Capitol Steps will provide plenty of laughs and remarkable satirical insights.”