In 1981, some staff members in Sen. Charles Percy's office thought about staging a traditional nativity play when they were asked to provide entertainment for a Christmas party. However, they were unable to find three wise men or a virgin in all of Congress.
Thus was born the "The Capitol Steps," a comedy troupe of current and former congressional staffers who dig into the headlines and hot topics of the day for a satirical look into the workings of government and politicians.
The Capitol Steps will perform at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Long Beach on Friday evening, Oct. 11.
Although not in the top 10, the group has recorded 14 memorable albums, including two President Clinton releases, "Lord of the Fries," and "The Joy of Sax."
A product of the Reagan administration, the four founders of the Steps decided if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers.
Many celebrities and politicians have performed with the troupe, including President Bush, television anchorman Sam Donaldson, Vice President Al Gore and television talk show host Larry King.
The Steps have been featured on three national specials for public television and have made appearances on network programs such as "Good Morning America," "The Late Show," "Entertainment Tonight" and "Nightline."
Members of the troupe say that they are never at a loss for material, thanks to the "trials and tribulations, scandals and screwups of elected officials."
Some of the group's hits are: "Stand By Your Dan," "Contra Boy," "50 Ways To Hide New Taxes" and "You Light Up My Flag."