It All Began on the Capitol Steps

Rita Jenrette Our name was taken from a racy Washington scandal of the time, in 1981, when we first performed. We're sticking with Rita's original story.

Video Flashbacks

Dennis Rodman in North Korea You could get inside info on North Korea from Dennis Rodman, or you could get it from us. See scenes from live performances on our YouTube channel.

Photo Flashbacks

We're on Instagram The Capitol Steps are on Instagram. Visit us to remember what live performances were.

Learn to Flip Your Words

Lirty Dies Lirty Dies follows a great political tradition: You're not quite sure what you're hearing, and we're not quite sure what we're saying. If you'd like to follow along, you can read and hear many more Lirty Dies on our site. Or watch us live on YouTube.

Read the Reviews!

"Just Hysterical!"... Read how "neither party is safe from ridicule"New Jersey Stage

Trump himself would "enjoy the show bigly" — in the News & Observer

"Capitol Steps make politics fun again" — review from The O'Colly.

"A machine gun of comedy" — review from DC Theatre Scene.

"Outrageously funny"Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

"Great place to go on a date...Fair and balanced." — review from DC Metro Arts.

How were the Capitol Steps like the Trump Administration?

Elaina Newport Read a CityBeat interview with co-founder Elaina Newport about how songwriters and performers used to keep up during fast-paced times.

We put the MOCK in Democracy!

We are sad to announce that the Capitol Steps are planning to turn off the stage lights. Like many in the entertainment business, we simply weren't built to survive going a year or more without live performances.

The Capitol Steps On the bright side, when we first started as a Senate office Christmas party, we never imagined we would travel the country and perform for 39 years! It's been a fun ride!

We are continuing to sell our CDs through an online store. We've got lots (although a few titles are selling out fast)! Grab them while you can!

So, thank you to all the NPR stations who have played our specials, and all the agents, venues and companies who have booked us over the years.

Thank you to all the awesome performers who learned songs on frighteningly short notice and brought their hilarious characters to the stage. Thanks to the road crew who made us sound good, and the pianists who changed keys and followed our performers without missing a beat.

And — most importantly — thank you to all our fans who have bought tickets to our show. You kept us going all these years! And who knows? Maybe someday we will gather for a reunion concert under the Chelsea Clinton administration!

Week of January 18

After two solid months of disappointment, failure, and losing since the election, Donald Trump gets one last wish this week. (Not counting pardons.)

From the album Orange Is the New Barack (2017). See live performance video on YouTube.

Week of January 11

The first time Donald Trump was impeached, he fought and won. Now that he's facing a second impeachment, it might be time to reconsider the earlier advice he got from one of his predecessors.

Week of January 4

Brexit is finally here, and Britain's close relationship with Europe is at an end. It's not going as smoothly as its proponents predicted, but everyone's trying to keep a stiff upper lip.

From the album The Lyin' Kings (2019).

Week of December 28

Congress tucked plenty of extra spending, tax breaks, and other goodies for the lobbyists into the 5,593-page year-end spending bill that President Trump called "a disgrace." Then he signed it anyway "with a strong message...that wasteful items need to be removed." Good luck convincing Congress of that!

From the album Danny's First Noel (1989)