Press Release

October 24, 2016

D.C.-based comedy troupe on a mission to make America laugh again

The Capitol Steps: What to Expect When You’re Electing
Friday, November 25, 2016, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present The Capitol Steps on Thanksgiving weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26.

Tickets start at $49 and are available through or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Known for their highly entertaining, sharp political satire set to popular music, The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, D.C., institution for more than 30 years. The irreverent troupe pokes fun at all sides of the issues, from left to right, with fresh, up-to-the-minute material inspired by the latest headlines, scandals and election results. Their tasteful, bipartisan lampooning leaves both sides of the political spectrum laughing in the aisles.

The Steps will perform songs and skits from their newest album, What to Expect When You’re Electing, which includes songs like “Shut Up and Vote for Me,” “Deleter of the Facts,” “Hello, Is It Mitt You’re Looking For?” and “Trump Acres.” As always, there may be special “guest appearances” from assorted celebrities and newsmakers, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, to name just a few.

“It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in Scottsdale without our annual visit from The Capitol Steps,” noted Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Director Ally Haynes-Hamblen. “There’s no one who knows the ins and outs of D.C. better than them, and no matter who you voted for, the Steps are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.”

The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a staff Christmas party skit in the office of Senator Charles Percy. The rest is history. During the past three decades, the Steps, whose cast has included a number of former Capitol Hill staffers, have recorded more than 30 albums and performed for five U.S. presidents. The popular troupe has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS, and can be heard on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holidayradio specials.

Shop small on Saturday, Nov. 26! Just in time for the holidays, the annual Small Business Saturday Artists Market at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts showcases nearly 20 Arizona artists, who offer unique, hand-crafted gifts for sale, including jewelry, ceramics, textiles, limited-edition prints, wearable art and more. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Call 480-874-4644 for more information.

Through its dynamic partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational and outreach opportunities for the community, while fostering the active engagement of individuals, businesses, education and government with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through three acclaimed operating divisions – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art – serving more than 375,000 participants annually.

Since 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has provided a stage for a wide range of voices and perspectives, creating shared, inspiring experiences for the community that celebrate artistic excellence and cultural awareness. Today one of the premier performing-arts halls in the western United States, the Center presents a diverse season of dance, music, theater, comedy and film from around the world.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts7380 E. Second St.Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-499-TKTS (8587)