Laughing Across the Aisle
Capitol Steps Comes to Pensacola By TANNER YEA “Conservative or liberal, red or blue, left or right – the Capitol Steps are equal opportunity offenders, and they don’t play favorites,” said Allison. “No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish.” Capitol Steps also does live radio broadcasts on July Fourth and New Year’s Eve. Called “Politics Takes a Holiday,” they are reviews of everything that happened throughout the year. WUWF will be broadcasting this year’s edition on December 29th, partly in anticipation of the live show.
No matter which way you lean politically, the last year-and-ahalf has been a little difficult. Sometimes you have to take a step back from the scandals and the hearsay to just laugh at how ridiculous the whole thing is. Luckily, Capitol Steps is coming to Pensacola to provide just such a source of humorous relief. Started in December of 1981, Capitol Steps is a satirical comedy troupe composed of former Capitol Hill staffers who decided to take a break from politicking and instead rip into the headlines of the era. Though the troupe has grown to include more than just staffers, their bipartisan comedy still strives to knock all politicians down a peg.
The show itself is being presented at the Saenger Theatre, and is being hosted by WUWF. Trish Allison, Director of Member Services & Engagement for WUWF, said Capitol Steps have come to Pensacola around 15 times. “WUWF has proudly hosted the troupe every other year since the 1980s,” said Allison.
Allison said that Capitol Steps’ appearance is WUWF’s largest fundraising event, with proceeds from the event going towards paying
for local, national and international programming for the station. WUWF is the sole sponsor of the event, so all proceeds will go directly towards them. “The Capitol Steps has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years. No matter who holds office, there’s never a shortage of material,” said Allison. “We continue to bring the Capitol Steps to Pensacola because it’s a fun event, filled with comedy, music and entertainment.” Capitol Steps will be performing on January 19 at 7:30 pm at the Saenger Theatre. Tickets start at $43, and WUWF Members receive 10 percent off. To purchase tickets, visit pensacolasaenger.com. For more information on Capitol Steps, visit capsteps.com.
Capitol Steps not only includes satirical skits of modern politics, but parody songs that pay tribute to all kinds of music and lambast current elected officials. Capitol Steps has produced over 30 albums of the songs they’ve performed each year. Their newest one is titled Orange Is the New Barack, and contains songs such as “Wake Me Up in Mar-aLago,” “Angry Progressive Nursery Rhymes,” and “We Warm the World.” DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 17
Published on Dec 29, 2017