Capitol Steps to satirize presidential race in upcoming performance

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The Capitol Steps at Miller Auditorium Oct. 19

KALAMAZOO—Political comedians the Capitol Steps will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium.

Thirty 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 eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 32 albums, including their latest, "Take the Money and Run for President!" and their special holiday release, "Barackin' Around the Christmas Tree." They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials.

Performance material is updated constantly. Current examples include songs about Mitt Romney's plea to the GOP ("Help Me Fake It to the Right") and President Obama's class warfare ("If I Tax a Rich Man"). In addition, the Capitol Steps offer their own take on such trending topics as Secret Service indiscretions and the EU's money woes and what to do with Greece. No matter who or what is in the headlines, the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish, putting the "MOCK" in Democracy.

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The Capitol Steps at Miller Auditorium are part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series and are welcomed by Meijer. Tickets are on sale now and range from $30 to $35. They can be purchased online at, by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 387-2312, or in person at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

A 15 percent discount is available to all WMU faculty and staff, and a 50 percent discount is available to WMU students. Discounted tickets may be purchased by phone or in person, and a valid Bronco ID is required at the time of pickup. Group discounts are available at (269) 387-2312.

For more information, contact Bethany Gauthier at or (269) 387-2245.