October 29, 2008
Capitol Steps Performs for us
Capitol Steps - Hilarious Comedy Act on American Politics
American politics is not all about hard analysis and serious discussions (although this is what I have been doing practically 24 hours a day – okay, okay, minus the sleeping hours). There is great humour in all of this, as we can certainly thank Tina Fey for. Capitol Steps is a group of ex-Congress staff members who came together in the ’90s. During a Christmas party, they were supposed to have come up with a nativity play but (quoting the guy who introduced this to us), “they couldn’t find Three Wise Men and a Virgin”.
So instead, they’ve been the primary source of entertainment for Washington DC folks (yes, all the penguin-suited people on Capitol Hill and K street in town), and they were certainly cracking me up tonight. From fabulous adaptation of songs (“Obamamia” sung to the tune of “Mamma Mia”) to George Bush’s exit speech where he slurs everything and mixes things up completely (“I’ll try to explain this mess in a way everyone can understand, including me”).
“Sarah Palin” sported her Moose-Shooting Rifle, whilst they all pleaded for Oprah Winfrey to join the candidacy and they would all support “Oprabama” instead. Not everyone would have understood the jokes, though, if they did not follow the Elections race too closely. One very quick classic scene was Mickey Mouse coming up on stage asking for directions, and someone tells him, “Acorn is over the other side” – referring to the recent controversy on accusations slung at the Democrats and voter registration fraud.
One thing that put me off slightly was a song with lyrics that poked fun at China, partly because I had two Chinese colleagues with me but more because it belies America’s obsession that the country is being sold out to the “rest of the world”. If the US is festidious on selling jobs out to China and India, then there really isn’t any point speaking about a global economy.
In any case, it was a fun night and reminder that even in Malaysia, where political tensions run high all the time, it is good to take a break and chill out with some laughs and a drink.
Palin Sports her Favourite Moose-Shooting Rifle
Oprabama is the Chosen Candidate