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Capitol Steps are Coming to Bowdoin

Story posted November 15, 1998

Nov. 5, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Capitol Steps, who for 14 years lived by the motto "there are no cows too sacred to roast," are bringing their unique brand of musical political satire to Bowdoin on Nov. 13. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. in Sargent Gym. Tickets cost $6 with a Bowdoin ID and $15 for the public.

There are a few rules for good comedy: Know your subject well, and keep your material fresh. The Capitol Steps have it made on both counts. Every member of the 20-person troupe has worked as a Congressional staff person in Washington, and there is never a shortage of new material coming out of Capitol Hill. In fact, four of their 16 albums have been recorded during the Clinton Administration. The group was formed in 1981, after three Senate staffers were asked to perform for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Christmas Party. Since then, the group has grown faster than the national debt. At least six cast members at a time perform more than 300 shows a year, more than 3,000 in 45 states since 1981.

They have appeared on three national specials for PBS, on "Good Morning America," "Entertainment Tonight," "Nightline," "The Today Show," "20/20," "CBS Morning News," "ABC World News Tonight," "NBC Nightly News" and dozens of times on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." They are regularly featured on CNN's "Inside Politics," and they currently produce quarterly specials for public radio stations nationwide.

Many celebrities and politicians, some of whom are among the troupe's favorite targets, actually have performed with them: Sam Donaldson, Al Gore, Larry King, Pat Robertson, C. Everett Koop, Fawn Hall and George Bush. And they have performed for presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush and Clinton.

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