Capitol Steps: Hitting below the Beltway, in Morristown

NAME THOSE FAKE PUBLIC FIGURES: The Capitol Steps in Morristown, Jan. 11, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
NAME THOSE FAKE PUBLIC FIGURES: The Capitol Steps in Morristown, Jan. 11, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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How imposing is Robert Mueller?

Even the Capitol Steps won’t mess with him.

These nonpareil parodists pulled no punches with every other Beltway figure during Friday’s show at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center. But they did not lay a glove on the special counsel at the heart of the ongoing 2016 election probe.

The CapSteps have ample reason to fear Mueller. If the former FBI chief puts away President Trump, there goes half their act.

This comedy troupe, descended from a 1981 Christmas party by staffers of then-Sen. Charles Percy, had fun with the Tweeter-in-Chief–which is more than anyone else in Washington can say these days.

They had Trump duetting with Paul Manafort, in a prison jumpsuit, singing I’m So Indicted, to the tune of I’m So Excited. (Trump intro: “How’s the case going, Paul?” Manafort: “Pardon me?”)

And to the tune of It’s My Party: “You would lie too if they came after you!”

Melania, Kellyanne Conway, Stormy Daniels (singing her version of Stormy Weather) and Donald Trump Jr. (“The orange doesn’t fall far from the tree”) all got their spoofs in the spotlight.

The Capitol Steps sing the glories of Trumpian 401Ks, at MPAC, Jan. 11, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Capitol Steps sing the praises of Trumpian 401Ks, at MPAC, Jan. 11, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Keeping up with this crew and its daily revelations must be no easy task for the Steps; an opening number about Trump’s thriving economy (401K, to the tune of YMCA) felt dated in the wake of December’s Wall Street free fall. 

Of course, there is plenty of opprobrium to go around, and the Steppers took aim at both sides of the aisle on Friday. Barack Obama (“Orange is the new Barack!”), Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi sang about their pandering predilections in It’s All About the Base. Chuck Schumer got his share of derisive laughs, too.

An Elizabeth Warren sendup had the Massachusetts senator reciting Angry Progressive Nursery Rhymes, including Unappreciated Primary Caregiver Goose.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doddered off the stage in an octogenarian fog. Vladimir Putin turned Proud Mary into Trolling on the Twitter.

The MPAC audience — estimated at 9 million by the fake president–appeared to enjoy the bipartisan barbs, though the ersatz Trump was the bestest, as he loudly proclaimed.

This tour promised to “Make America Grin Again.” By poking fun at a president so humorless he can turn even a Christmas greeting into a diatribe, the Capitol Steps on Friday offered their fellow citizens 90 minutes of much-needed comic relief.

But who will have the last laugh? Now that’s scary.

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