Take a Step in a Funny Direction with the Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps

In it to spin it: Members of The Capitol Steps cut up during a performance at Catholic University. (cuatower via Flickr)

I haven’t yet written about these wiseacres because, well, I just haven’t.

But today we feature The Capitol Steps, a cultural institution of another sort that features performers who, unlike many in this town, don’t take themselves seriously. That’s good, because goofing on politics is what this comedy troupe does.

They perform year-round every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, located in the Federal Triangle neighborhood in Northwest.

The Capitol Steps began life in December 1981, when a group of Senate staffers decided that satire was the sincerest form of flattery. They set about making fun of their bosses and haven’t looked back since. Skewering Capitol Hill and the headlines is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

These days, not all of the Steps are former staffers, but a boatload of them still are. They’ve recorded more than 30 albums, the latest being “Desperate Housemembers.” Ha ha. The group has enjoyed face time on most of the major networks and four times a year can be heard on National Public Radio during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.

As a renter in Northwest, you might want to schedule a visit to the Reagan Building one weekend soon and laugh it up. All of you walkers are in luck, as Metro’s Federal Triangle stop on the Blue/Orange Line is close by.

The way things are, laughing’s better than crying. Finding the perfect apartment on Apartment Showcase is also better than crying.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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