Columbia Theatre to present political comedy troupe Oct. 10

Contact: Tonya LowentritThe Capitol Stepst
Date: October 3, 2012

JUST IN TIME FOR THE ELECTION – "The Capitol Steps" will storm the stage of Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The political satire group will present its take on modern day politics at the downtown Hammond theater.


     HAMMOND –Just in time for the 2012 Presidential election, Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present the political satire troupe The Capitol Steps at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10.

     "The only group in Washington that attempts to be funnier than Congress," the Capitol Steps digs into the headlines and hot topics of the day to create new lyrics for familiar tunes, skewering everyone, left, right or center.

     Columbia Theatre Interim Director C. Roy Blackwood is excited about the performance.

     "As the most popular single event presented by Columbia/Fanfare over the years, The Capitol Steps performance is currently the hottest ticket in the country as the election approaches. They are guaranteed to sizzle, uniformly bash and generally malign all political entities through applying their own creative words to popular songs and skits," Blackwood said. "This five-person troupe with piano accompaniment will make you believe that actual political personalities are on Columbia's stage as they present side-splitting commentary on the issues of the day. Louisianians love politics as sport, and as such, this show is the best."

     The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

     The group was born in December 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. They decided to dig into the headlines of the day and created song parodies and skits that conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

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

     Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, "Take the Money and Run — for President." They have 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.

     Tickets range from $34 - $42 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at

     The Southeastern Alumni Association is also offering a catered dinner in the Columbia Theatre Conference Center plus a show ticket for $55. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150.

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