I went and saw The Capital Steps last weekend. The Capital Steps are a comedy group, similar to Saturday Night Live except all their humor is based on politics and it is a stage show. Apparently, they are on NPR a lot but have made guest appearances on a number of TV shows. I had never heard of them but was still excited.
I had high expectations and was slightly dissapointed. They were a lot more “pop culture” than I thought they were going to be. About 50% of the show was singing a dancing which I don’t have problem with, I enjoyed two musicals over the summer. However, all the songs were pop songs in which they changed the lyrics to make it political and funny. Hmmm… who else does this but Wierd Al. It was amusing for awhile but got old fast, a lot like Wierd Al that way.
The other 50% of the show were skits that were a lot funnier than the songs. This was classic “Saturday Night Live” style humor with actors posing as politicians. It even stretched to a skit about Martha Stewart in prison in which I didn’t understand how it was political, just newsy. They made fun of Bush, Kerry, Cheney, Edwards, Clinton (both Hilary and Bill), Anne Colter, and many others. I got at least 90% of the jokes which means I’m a lot more aware of what is going on in the world than I’d like to be.
So, overall I enjoyed the Capital Steps. My favorite skit was one of the actors talking about current events but would switch the first two letters of words. This was extremely high humor but was hilarious if you could keep up as at times he would speak very fast, and my cognative process had trouble keeping up at times. The other thing that surprised me was the audiences reaction. Every person I over heard thought the Capital Steps were the best thing in the world. I could only chalk it up to NPR elitism or these people just hadn’t seen anything funny in a long time because like I said, funny but on par with Wierd Al and SNL.
Best quote from the show “Vote for Bush or I’ll kill the baby!”
On to other things. Just became a little more aware of current affairs. They had Madeline Albright on the Daily Show last night and I thought cool, she was part of the Clinton adminitstration and did cool things. The talked about her dealing in N. Korea and I thought it was all interesting.
I also knew that N. Korea was a problem with weapon of mass destruction and was more of a threat than say… ohhh Iraq. Now, what I didn’t know was the details behind it and that Jimmy Carter, the Clinton Adminstration, specifically Albright had managed to prevent N. Korea from developing WMD and they were close to introducing N. Korea to the rest of the world.
Then Bush got elected, said fuck it, attacks Iraq, freaked out N. Korea and they now have nukes. Maybe I’m over exaggerated but I feel that Bush has put us in a more threatening position than what we were.