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I can answer questions about The Capitol Steps, a political (mostly musical) satire group based in Washington, DC which performs in Washington, around the U.S., and twice a year on public radio. I can answer questions about who is performing which role in Capitol Steps sketches and songs on albums and can help identify a Capitol Steps routine (and which album or radio show includes it) based on partial lyrics. I can also provide tips and suggestions for those interested in writing and performing spoonerism-based comedy similar to the Steps' "Lirty Dies."

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I have been a Capitol Steps fan since about 1995. I own all the albums and have listened to each dozens of times. I have particularly studied (and particularly admire) the Steps' "Lirty Dies" routines and I have written and performed material of this sort. Despite the fact that I live halfway across the U.S. from Washington, I've attended many live Capitol Steps performances, including several at their permanent locations in the DC area.


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2015-06-19 (Longer) Different Sense of Humor:

Tabitha --    Thanks for your question. I can see that you've given this problem a lot of thought, have tried some reasonable responses to the situation, and have analyzed the outcomes and effects of what

2014-02-09 Stand up:

Chris --    Thanks for your message. It can sometimes be hard to move from the planning phase to the point where you consider your routine "final" (or at least ready to go). You probably have had the experience

2013-12-18 I have a few uncertainties about comedy and stand up comedy?:

Dan --    Thanks for your message and good questions. It sounds to me like you've done some important things already:    (a) You've prepared and refined your material, realizing that standup is not the

2013-01-10 Finding the line.:

Chris --    Thanks for your good question. One thing that I've come to believe about humor is that there is no humor without risk. The reason (I think) is that an inherent part of the humorous effect is

2012-07-01 Trouble with joke wording:

Jason --    Thanks for your question.    Honestly, I don't see anything wrong with the version of the joke that you wrote. All you need to do is add a few years of experience, a supportive TV host, and


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