'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2016 election
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Let’s face it — 2016 election-related jokes write themselves, so why not take advantage of the campaign?

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That was theme of this year’s annual “Will on the Hill” performance of the Shakespeare Theatre Company on Monday night, when lawmakers, media bigwigs and D.C. influencers dressed in Shakespeare-era garb poked fun at politics and Beltway insiders.

This year’s performance featured guest actors Reg E. Cathey, who is best known for his Emmy-winning role as "Freddy" on the Netflix series "House of Cards" and Tom Story, a veteran of the D.C. theatre scene.

The performance, “Heavy Lies the Head,” by Peter Byrne, followed a scenario in which Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) has stepped down and no one in Washington will take his job.

“Hearing the Speaker called it quits is like hearing the Cubs didn’t make the [World] Series,” joked Story. “What’s Ben Carson doing these days?”

"Still waiting to come on stage,” actress Felicia Curry shot back, poking fun at his awkwardly botched debate entrance last February, as the crowd erupted in laughter.

“We all agreed there would be no Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE jokes in here,” warned Cathey. “The last thing we need is to have that man have an excuse to tweet about us.”

The hourlong performance also poked fun at Metro’s repair plan, the Keystone XL pipeline, “the war on Christmas,” people who stand on the left side of escalators — the unspoken no-no in D.C. — "Game of Thrones" binge-watchers and lobbyists representing clients such as hover board manufacturers.

“I’m a Washington insider. I listen to people and sell what I hear. My name is not important, as it will never appear,” rhymed Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist, playing the stereotype of a lobbyist, as the crowd roared with laughter. “My birth certificate reads ‘deep background.’ I’m a professional tattletale. I have little birds all around the city — and for the right price I’ll tell you.”

Congressional cast members included Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate ethics panel wants details on sexual harassment allegations American innovation depends on strengthening patents Tax reform and innovation – good news and a cloud MORE (D-Del.), Reps. Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne Marie BonamiciReporter beats lawmakers to win charity spelling bee Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere Dems to Mattis: Don't delay transgender enlistment policy MORE (D-Ore.), Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyDems resurface Flynn's 'lock her up' comments after Mueller charges Virginia Dem jokes: ‘I am probably not interested’ in being Time’s 'Person of the Year' Lights, camera, SCOTUS MORE (D-Va.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Daniel M. Donovan (R-N.Y.), Janice Hahn (D-Calif.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Jim McDermottJim McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ MORE (D-Wash.),  Scott Peters (D-Calif.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellThe nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment House rejects Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump Facebook will let users see Russian content they've interacted with MORE (D-Ala.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

Several D.C. media figures, including The Hill’s publisher, Johanna Derlega, and Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack, MSNBC’s Michael Steele, Roll Call’s Melinda Henneberger and ABC’s Rick Klein also took part.

Following the program, Rangel and McDermott, the retiring cast members, were honored for their performances. McDermott had been the longest-running congressional cast member for “Will on the Hill.”

The fundraising event, whose sponsors include The Hill, hit a new record by raising $517,000 for the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s community programs.