Political comedy troupe The Capitol Steps to shut down
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Washington, D.C.-based political satire troupe The Capitol Steps will shut down after nearly four decades, the group announced Wednesday, citing the coronavirus pandemic’s shutdown of most live performance spaces.

“Like many in the entertainment business, we simply weren’t built to survive going a year or more without live performances,” the group said in a statement Wednesday. “On the bright side, when we first started as a Senate office Christmas party, we never imagined we would travel the country and perform for 39 years! It’s been a fun ride!”

The group originally comprised five Republican Senate committee staffers, later expanding to include Democratic staffers. In 1984, they became a professional group after the defeat of Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.), who chaired the subcommittee founding members Bill Strauss and Elaina Newport worked for.

Over the next three-plus decades, the group gave weekly performances in Washington. The roster of performers rotated, typically including about 24 at once. Their songs typically were song parodies incorporating current events, with members doing impressions of political figures. In addition to live performances, the group broadcast several NPR specials and released more than 40 albums, which the statement said will continue to be sold through its website.