High Stepping

Politics have always been a hot topic for comedians. Throw in a little song and dance, plus some wry word play, and you have the Capitol Steps. This long-running comedy troupe -- originally comprising Senate staffers in search of some off-kilter holiday cheer -- has been satirizing presidents, American politics, and the public’s sense of governmental confidence and well-being since 1961. Known for such lyrical ditties as “If I Tax a Rich Man,” “Buy, Buy American Pie,” and “Loonies on the Right,” the current political follies that confront Washington provide plenty of fresh fodder ripe for the picking. With 30 side-splitting albums already requiring Top Secret clearance, the latest, Fiscal Shades of Gray, is available by NSA download.

Step out with the Capitol Steps at 8 p.m. Friday, November 29, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $49, $59, and $69. Call 480-499-8587 or visit

Nov. 29-30, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 30, 5 p.m., 2013