JOHNSTOWN -—The Capitol Steps will be making a return appearance at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, in Johnstown at 7:30 p.m. Friday. It is a show that will truly offend someone, said Michael L. Bodolosky, the executive director of the PPAC.
"They are up to date. They are current. They are equal opportunity bashers," he said with a laugh. "They put the mock in democracy."
The Capitol Steps were formed in December of 1981 when three staffers for Sen. Charles Percy (Elaina Newport, Jim Aidala and the late Bill Strauss) were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. According to their background information, "They decided to dig into the headlines of the day and create song parodies and skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor."
"In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom of 'Don't Quit your day job.' 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," according to information provided by the production.
For more than 25 years, the Capitol Steps have recorded dozens of 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."
Since they first started, the Capitol Steps have recorded more than 30 albums including their latest, Desperate Housemembers and their special holiday release, Barackin' Around the Christmas Tree.
Bodolosky added in jest, "the surgeon general said 'warning your sides will split,' when you see the show." He said he first saw the group "years ago and I think it is great clean fun for any age with political awareness."
For tickets for the show, call 814-269-7200 or 1-800-846-2787.