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Capitol Steps, Tim Wilson bring humor to town

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

If laughter is the best medicine, there’s a double dose coming to Decatur next weekend.

The Capitol Steps will return to poke fun at politicians for the fifth year in a row Friday, while Comedy Café Live at the Princess makes its debut Saturday with two shows featuring stand-up comedian Tim Wilson.

The Capitol Steps

The musical satire group Capitol Steps is celebrating 25 years of tickling funnybones with timely barbs aimed at national political figures and others. This touring group, regularly heard on National Public Radio, will perform at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of its season.

This group, which started as Capitol Hill staff members making fun of their Washington bosses at a holiday party, is usually a sellout, and tickets are going fast.

They update their material constantly, giving a comedic twist to popular song tunes, and recent elections and changes in Congress are giving the group plenty of new fodder.

The skit “Congress It Is A-Changin’ ” reflects the newly Democratic flavor and Nancy Pelosi’s new role as speaker, while “Hillary’s Way” addresses what Hillary Clinton must overcome on her race for the presidency. Perhaps they’ll even sing their Christmas song, “Do You Fear What I Fear?”

The group also will draw from the most recent of their 26 CDs, such as “I’m So Indicted.”

Comedy Café Live

Comedy Café Live at the Princess is a new collaboration with radio station Rocket 95.1, which airs Comedy Café.

Clay Sanders, Rocket promotions director, said they chose Capitol Records comedy recording artist Tim Wilson for the first event.

“The 7:30 show had nearly sold out, so on Monday we added a second show at 10 p.m., and it’s going real well,” he said.

“Tim is a Southern comedian who gets people all fired up and laughing, and he’s got a lot of good, funny songs, too,” Sanders said. Wilson sings and plays acoustic guitar, and his act is about half stand-up comedy and half funny songs.

“His song ‘The First Baptist Bar and Grill’ is hilarious and probably one of his most popular,” said Sanders.

Wilson aims his humor at everyone. Other comic songs include “Chucky Cheese Hell,” “Jeff Gordon’s Gay,” “I Should’ve Married My Father-in-Law,” “It’s a Sorry World” and “Hillbilly Homeboy.”

His latest release is “Super Bad Sounds of the ’70s,” and Wilson’s “Shoals Plane” (a takeoff on “Soul Train”) plays homage to his rhythm and blues heroes with music while commenting on everything from trailer trash and DUIs to blind dates and cell phones.

In Kentucky, Sanders worked on shows a few times with Wilson, who lives in Louisville. The comedian is a regular on the Rocket on the “Rick & Bubba Show” from 6 to 10 a.m.

The Columbus, Ga., native has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Evening at the Improv” and “Grace Under Fire.”

“Tim is probably one of the best comedians around, and it’s great that we’ve already had to add a second show,” said Sanders.

“This is the first time we’ve worked on a show with the Princess Theatre, which is an awesome venue, and we hope to do it on a consistent basis.” Sanders would like to hold a similar show in late March.

A show starring comedian James Gregory sold out in November, and Princess Theatre executive director Lindy Ashwander said she would like to have a lot of comedians throughout the year.

“The Princess is the perfect size and fit for a comedy act,” she said. “Programming is always changing, and we want to have a diverse array of arts events. Some of the younger adults on our programming committee suggested we try some comedians, and they were absolutely right.”

If you go

What: The Capitol Steps musical satire group

When: Friday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $30 to $40 at the box office, 340-1778, or online at

If you go

What: Comedy Café Live

When: Saturday, Feb. 3, with two shows, 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Where: Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $25, at the box office weekdays, 340-1778, or online at

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