The Capitol Steps
Their prolific and consistently high quality parodies are all the more remarkable considering how fast they are written and rehearsed. When I saw them in Washington, they had material about events less than a week old. Among their latest bits of shtick are dialogues featuring a dating service employee helping clients create introductory videos. The clients are politicians such as the former governor of California, or the current congressman from New York (with, for comedians, the heaven-sent name) whose peccadilloes have been exposed (or who've exposed themselves, as the case may be). They'll bring "Undress the U.S.A." (to the tune of "God Bless the U.S.A.") about Newt Gingrich's campaign, and "Hole in the Middle of the Plane" about Southwest Airlines objecting to new rules requiring airlines to refund baggage fees when they lose luggage. And the Steps don't take aim at just easy, shooting-fish-in-a-barrel subjects. Their current show manages to find humor in even the decidedly un-funny news about the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Of course, Steps fans always look forward to the latest incarnation of "Lirty Dies," the Steps' trademark monologue, in which they "whip flurds" (flip words) to create hilarious spoonerisms such as "Imbos in the Boffice," "Falicornia," and the ever popular, and apparently ever timely, "Gorny Huys."
[Originally published in July, 2011.]