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    (December 11, 1981- )
    Born in Washington, District of Columbia
    Formed by Congressional staffers Bill Strauss and Elaina Newport
    Have 26 cast members and four pianists
    Albums include 'Thank God I'm a Contra Boy' (1987), 'Stand by Your Dan' (1990), 'Fools on the Hill' (1992), 'A Whole Newt World' (1995), 'Sixteen Scandals' (1997), 'The First Lady and the Tramp' (1998), 'Between Iraq and a Hard Place' (2003), 'Papa's Got a Brand New Baghdad' (2004) and 'Springtime for Liberals' (2007)
    Their name was inspired by a sex scandal in which Congressman John Jenrette had trysted with his wife Rita on the steps of the Capitol building.
    They avoided publicity their first few years, worrying press coverage of their comedy could jeopardize their jobs.
    They became professional comedians when Strauss and Newport lost their staff jobs because the Senator they worked for lost his re-election bid (1984).
    The Clinton White House stopped inviting them to perform because of their large number of Lewinsky jokes (1998).
    Their topical humor does not always age well.
    They recycle material, turning songs about Dan Quayle not being very bright into songs about George W. Bush not being very bright.
    Although the founders were Republicans, they made a concerted effort to keep their shows bipartisan.
    At their first White House performance (1988), Ronald Reagan requested they only perform songs poking fun at him.
    Despite worrying that politics was no longer funny after 9/11, they resumed performing after only a month.
    They perform holiday shows on New Year's Eve, April Fool's Day, Independence Day and Halloween which are broadcast live on public radio.

Credit: C. Fishel

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