September 30, 2007

The Capitol Steps

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Capitol Steps will perform its own satirical brand of political and topical humor Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets to the performance, part of the Weis Center Series, are $25.

"Capitol Steps is an equal opportunity offender, though the only complaints received are from politicians who are not included in the satire," says Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"As everybody knows, any publicity, even bad publicity, is better than no publicity."

Born in 1981

According to its Web site, the Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when three staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party.

Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin! So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies and skits that conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Over the past 25 years, the Capitol Steps have recorded 26 albums, and appeared on "Good Morning America," the "Today Show," "20/20," "Entertainment Tonight," "Nightline," CNN's "Inside Politics," and dozens of times on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

For the past 15 years, they've produced quarterly specials for public radio and have been featured in three national specials for public television. They've performed for five U.S. Presidents. and they've probably already performed for a sixth.

For more information, see http://www.capsteps.com/

Individual reserved seat tickets for this and other Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; by calling 570-577-1000; or online at www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

The 2007-08 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Sept. 30, 2007

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