Putting The "Mock" In Democracy: Political Satirists "Capitol Steps" To Perform At SPHS
By Meredith Thompson
Side-splitting, pants-wetting laughter. Thats what attendees can expect on June 23, when the Capitol Steps a group of political satirists who put the mock in democracy take the stage in the Severna Park High School auditorium.
In response to innumerable requests for their return, the Steps will be hosted for a third time by ASPIRE (the Association for Severna Park Improval Renewal and Enhancement, Inc.), an organization established in 1994 which holds the mission of creating and implementing solutions to present and future needs in order to enhance the lives of Severna Park residents.
Ive seen them 30 or 40 times; they are the top in political humor, said Susan Nolte, event co-chair. Anyone who sees them once wants to see them again.
Born in December 1981, the D.C.-based group of over 30 comedians and pianists travels the country delivering original song parodies and skits centered on political figures, events and controversies. As many of the Steps hail from both Republican and Democrat positions on Capitol Hill, they maintain equal-opportunity bashing of the two-party political system.
They make fun of everybody, and are so brilliant at picking content that really fits with whats happening at the time, Nolte added. Youll laugh the whole time!
Recent material, including songs about Mitt Romneys plea to the GOP (Help Me Fake It to the Right) and Barack Obamas class warfare (If I Tax A Rich Man), has targeted trending topics such as economic turmoil in Europe and Secret Service indiscretions. The Capitol Steps dozens of recorded albums include Take the Money and Run for President!, Barackin Around the Christmas Tree, Desperate Housemembers, When Bush Comes to Shove and Its Not Over til the First Lady Sings.
Over 950 tickets are available for the show, but are sure to go fast. Proceeds from the event will help fund ASPIREs numerous community programs, including the annual leadership dinner and Octobers upcoming celebration of Severna Parks heritage.
One flavor of belly-rolling laughs and creativity audience members can expect during the 8:00pm performance on June 23 comes in the form of Lirty Dies humor stemming from flipped words, or word-initialization rejuxtaposition, as the Steps call it.
Fake tor example, the poo tarty system. We have the Cremodats and the Peerublicans. Usually hut wappens is the Cremodats screw up, so the Peerublicans party; but then the Peerublicans screw up, so the Cremodats party. That's why it's called a poo-tarty system. But now, along comes the Pee Tarty. And how to fit a pee tarty into a poo tarty system?
Tickets for the not-to-be missed performance are $40, $27 of which is tax-deductible as a donation to ASPIRE. They are available for purchase through the date of the event at the door, but can be secured in advance through calling Susan Nolte at 410-647-2525, ordering on ASPIREs website, or purchasing in person at the Severna Park Community Center.
The Capitol Steps, a D.C.-based group of over 30 political satirists founded in 1981, will furnish an evening of uncontrollable laughter as they take stabs at the left and right wings and everyone in between at Severna Park High School on June 23.