PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Capitol Steps Bring Political Humor to Happy Valley

Political satire group The Capitol Steps performed at the State Theatre last night to a slightly older crowd with their musical quips about current hot topics. A group of five comedians took turns changing outfits, accents, and ethnicities during the fast paced show, never skipping a beat on the political pulse.

One of my favorite acts was the Lirty Dies speech that highlighted a number of topics ranging from Wiger Toods (Tiger Woods) to the Poo Tarty (not to be confused with constipation this stands for the two-party political system). The twisting of words throughout this skit emphasizes the fact that people don’t always know what they are saying let alone what they are hearing. Throughout the act I was able keep up with the tongue-twisting language and laugh along at the Fich and Ramous (Rich and Famous).

Have you been paying attention the new TSA airport security regulations? If you have, you’ll enjoy the Steps’ interpretation Put Your Cans In The Hands with lines like “when you’re groped by a dope then you know the terrorists have won”. No topic was too taboo for the Steps to tackle, whether it was the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the military, Hilary and Bill Clinton’s comical love life, the cliche image of a West Virginian sans teeth, or the Toyota car malfunctions, the evening brought the audience to laughter on many occassions.

The performers showed great ability to engage an audience throughout the entire night, even if some of the jokes went over the heads of the predominantly elderly crowd (read: they didn’t get the attacks on Facebook or the interpretation of Barack Obama as the Old Spice Guy).

Over the past 28 years the Steps have performed on NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, and even CNN’s “Inside Politics”. Many of the performers have first hand experience working on Capitol Hill for both Republicans and Democrats. The sense of humor represented on stage was all encompassing and easy to relate to no matter what your age or political party affiliation is. For more clips from their show and details on future events check out their website and be prepared to be fully entertained.

About the Author

Caity Rogowski

I'm quite odd, a little creepy, and pretty awkward, but we'd probably get along.

In real life I'm a THON 2011 Supply Logistics Captain, a Homecoming 2010 Public Relations Captain, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, a dancer in ETCH Dance Co. and I tweet a lot.


More by Caity

Stoop Kid’s Afraid to Leave the Stoop

Editor and graduating senior Caity Rogowski writes about living the questions, facing fears, sharing burdens, and accepting reality.

“If you’ve ever seen the movie You’ve Got Mail, you’ll understand me when I say I have the “Kathleen Kelly Syndrome.” I often have trouble saying exactly what I mean. Instead, I find it easier to outsource by using quotes or songs to convey my message. That’s why you’ll find a few of my favorites scattered throughout this post: my senior column.”

Celebrate The End Of Classes At Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Beats To Keep You Groovin’ During Study Hours


Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

The Swedish faceoff specialist graduated after three seasons at Merrimack, but will be immediately eligible to play for Guy Gadowsky in 2018-19.

Harris, Rivers Win Big Ten Titles On Final Day Of Competition

Penn State Women’s Soccer Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To Penn 15-14 In Double OT

Penn State’s Kaleigh Riehl Headed To U.S. U-23 Camp

Student Life

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Not only is literally everyone at Penn State from “right outside of Philly,” ALMOST everyone also works “right outside of Philly.”

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Finding Your Penn State Beyond Penn State: Carolyn Popescu’s Senior Column

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

No Surprise Here: Saquon Barkley Can Throw, Too

Thirty yards out? No problem for Saquon Barkley.

Penn State Approved For Medical Marijuana Clinical Research

“The research component of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program sets it apart from the rest of the nation.”

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Josiah Hritsko is one of three finalists to become Moe’s Southwest Grill’s “Chief Taco Officer.”

Send this to a friend