by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | November 01, 2004

The Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps
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From trade show floors to convention halls, political speakers have been in demand as the mouthpiece of choice. And with this election year chock full of contentious issues and classic mudslinging, there is plenty of fodder for a good laugh at the body politic. “There are so many issues in this election year that the demand for political speakers has shot up, and there is humor in almost all of it,” says Bernie Swain, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Washington Speakers Bureau ( Following is a selection of several entertaining pundits on the speaker circuit.
    A veteran talk radio political analyst, Alan Colmes (, co-host of FOX News’ Hannity & Colmes, has interviewed and skewered a number of political standouts, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Ralph Nader and Kenneth Starr. He also is the author of Red, White & Liberal: How Left Is Right & Right Is Wrong (Regan Books).
    A 26-member troupe of former Congressional staffers, The Capitol Steps ( has been satirizing the bungles and scandals of Capitol Hill for 17 years with a song-and-dance routine that includes tunes such as “A Whole Newt World,” “We Arm the World,” “Fools on the Hill” and “Don’t Cry For Me Judge Scalia.”
    Impressionist and stand-up comedian Jim Morris ( is a one-man riot. A regular on television talk shows, such as CNN’s Crossfire and ABC’s Politically Incorrect, he has been lampooning the absurdities of the White House for years with dead-on imitations of presidents Reagan, Bush (the elder) and Clinton, as well as newsmakers Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw.