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Political satire takes the stage at Miller Auditorium

Oct. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The Capitol Steps is a troupe of former congressional staffers-turned-comedians who travel the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. They will perform in Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University in a single show Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m.

Capitol Steps was formed in December 1981, when three staffers for Sen. Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was president when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers. The group now has 22 cast members, five of whom are on stage for any one show.

Cast members are firmly bipartisan, finding entertainment at the expense of both Republicans and Democrats. The Capitol Steps has performed for each of the past five U.S. presidents.

Tickets for Capitol Steps range from $15 to $40 and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

The Capitol Steps at Miller Auditorium is sponsored by Coca-Cola.

Media contact: Thomas Cooper, (269) 387-2245, thomas.cooper@wmich.edu

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