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Capitol Comedy

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Capitol Comedy is a performance group that uses the winning formula of musical comedy and political satire to engage audiences in an entertainment that is hilarious, insightful and non-partisan. Our shows take on political leaders and other public figures with songs and sketches poking fun at everything from diversity decisions to dumping dollars on the electorate.

Capitol Comedy combines parodies with new lyrics to old standards and original compositions to create a lively musical program. Interspersing musical numbers with short sketches and “news
updates”, the shows find the humor in the latest political and social issues.

The six-person cast is composed of talented actor-singers and dancers with Hollywood, regional theater and off-Broadway experience. Their considerable performance skills include the ability to channel a range of political and other public figures.

Capitol Comedy shows are timely and sharply satirical without being demeaning or vulgar. Since there is plenty on both the right and the left that needs criticism and evokes laughter, we aim for
material that will be appreciated by and
amusing to audience members whatever their political persuasion.

 

Here are highlights videos for Capitol Comedy’s most recent shows, "Two Cheers for Democracy” and “Biden My Time” on YouTube:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B56jHLTnvb8&list=PLYKroTipZj3Se0ZJlBg5IVOk8Ht91UQuk&index=2

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ5WSkuDPMY&t=10s

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Reviews

News Desk MD  10/18/22


"Here comes Capitol Comedy! We all need help to get through the midterm elections so lose your blues and keep your composure with Capitol Comedy’s national 2022-23 tour of "Two Cheers For Democracy." Mayhem from this comedy troupe comes to…           

Stops on the Capitol Comedy national tour (2021-2023)

Scottsdale (AZ) Center for the Performing Arts
Thalian Hall, Wilmington, NC
Louis B. Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Bankhead Theatre, Livermore, CA
Princess Theatre, Decatur, AL
McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon, WA
Northshore Performing Arts Center, Bothell, WA
Tower Theatre, Bend, OR
Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver, CO
Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC
F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville, MD
Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster, MD
Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Dana Center, St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH

Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ
Sunset Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Community Concert Hall, Durango, CO
Carpenter Center, Long Beach,CA
McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA

David Jasper, The Bulletin  10/5/22


"Bravely stepping into the fray of current politics is Capitol Comedy, coming this week to the Tower Theatre, Bend, OR with its new show “Two Cheers for Democracy.” The performance group uses…

Catherine Godbey, Decatur Daily  9/29/22 


“… Expect satires of many political figures, both national and international.  The writers of ‘Two Cheers for Democracy’ do a great job of balancing jabs at both parties and recognizing the agony of constituents when their party does the exact opposite of what they voted them into office to do. No party, no politician and no issue are off limits for the equal opportunity offenders."

Laura Foti Cohen, Larchmont Buzz  10/20/21

"Like a comic variety show, "Biden My Time" features sketches, song parodies and videos. The actors do excellent impressions of their subjects—especially Aaron Matijasic as Bernie Sanders and Sarah Oliver as Mitch McConnell. Bella Gil as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a musical theater star. Alivia Long is a dancing, singing Kamala Harris. Travis Joe Dixon plays a befuddled Joe Biden."

Carol Kaufman Segal, Carol's Culture Corner  10/20/21


"Capitol Comedy is a new troupe of exceptionally talented singers and impressionists, brought together by writer, director, producer Nicholas Zill. I would suspect you will be hearing about and having the chance to see more of Capital Comedy in the future. When the time comes, you won't want to miss them.”

Morna Murphy Martell, Theatre Spoken Here  10/14/21


"What raises this show above the amiability of its attack are the excellent ensemble performers, all who play multiple roles. There is…            

Elaine Mura, L.A. Splash 10/6/21


"From ridiculous to hilarious, Capitol Comedy nails it with sidesplitting stupidity and uproarious humor. This quirky, eccentric production puts the spotlight on a witty, waggish Washington as it dissects today’s real Comedy Central right here in D.C."

 Videos

Performers

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DANIEL AMERMAN

(Joe Biden) Theater: BoomerMania (El Portal), Invisible (3D Theatricals), WindChimes (Company of Angels), Down In the Face of God (The Vagrancy), The Swing of the Sea (Domino One), Assistants (LA Fringe), Gideon and the Blundersnorp (LA Fringe). TV/Film: “Arrested Development”, “The Office”, “Glee”, “Awkward”, “CSI:NY”, Face2Face. Voice Over: League of Legends, Final Fantasy VII, 3 out of 4 ninja turtles at one point or another (Raphael is my white whale). Training: Yale University. www.Daniel-Amerman.com

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SHEFALI DESHPANDE

Kamala Harris) is an actress, singer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles. She has written and released multiple pop/R&B singles, performed at Staples Center, and worked on the music for the ALLBLK TV show Double Cross. Shefali starred in the web series The Fob and I, featured on the BBC and NBC News. She has also appeared in commercials for Salesforce (on rotation during the Olympics!), AT&T (with Lebron!), Uber, Snapchat, and more. BA: USC, Political Science & Musical Theatre. www.Shefali.me

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TRAVIS JOE DIXON

(Joe Biden, Anti-vax pitchman) Favorite THINGS: dogs, brain games, hiking. STAGE ROLES: a roller skating Snoopy in You’re a Good Man…, a tap dancing Swan in Cannibal: The Musical, a spastic Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened…. TELEVISION: policing on Black-ish, dying on NCIS, distracting on Holey Moley, dealing on My Crazy Ex, flashing on True Blood. FACT: winning Wipeout paid for college. ACHIEVEMENT: “Eric Cartman in a box” voice.  More at www.TravisJoeDixon.com.

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CRISTINA FLOREZ

(Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Choreographer) is a Bronx-born, West Coast-raised Colombian and Puerto Rican dancer, singer, actress and spoken-word artist based in LA. She trained her whole life as a dancer and now works with various artists on movement direction and specifically enjoys helping women feel more in touch with their sensuality and femininity through dance. Favorite stage credits as an actress include Pocahontas, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, MotherFu**er With The Hat and Romeo and Juliet. @cristinaflorez_

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BELLA GIL

(Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) studied musical theatre at OCSA graduating in 2019. At 18 years old she played Maria in Moonlight Amphitheater’s production of West Side Story. Her performance landed her a San Diego Critics Circle Award nomination. Stage credits include: A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), She Loves Me: In Concert (Amalia), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Rosa Bud), The Secret Garden (Lily), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), Follies (Young Phyllis), Beauty and the Beast (Belle.) FILM: Tattoo (Travis Mills, Girlfriends Band), 2nd Star (Jameson Mitchell), Princess Perplexity (YouTube series.) She is a Musical Theatre West Footlighters Scholarship Winner 2019. She is represented by KMR Talent for film and theatre. www.bellagil.com

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ALIVIA LONG

(Kamala Harris) is an actor, singer originally from Chesapeake, VA. She received an MFA from East 15 Acting School. Stage credits include Clybourne Park (Francine/Lena), Three Sisters (Masha), The Snow Queen (Mrs. Fyn/Lily), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nick Bottom). She was recently nominated for Best Actress at the Top Indie Film Awards for her role in the short film “Q Mommas.”. www.alivialong.com

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JOY MAMEY

(Mitch McConnell, Rachel Maddow) is an actor, writer, comedian & director. Her sketches have been produced on the Comedy Central Stage, WhoHaha.com and the Second City Hollywood and she was featured in the NBC Universal Showcase. Joy teaches improv and has performed at every LA improv venue including Impro Studio in shows like "Aaron Sorkin: Improvised" and performs on the Twitch channel Outpost 13. Other favorite credits include Susan in "[title of show]". Follow @joymamey for more.

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AARON MATIJASIC

(Bernie Sanders, Jeff Bezos) was once a nice midwestern boy from Ohio before he was mercifully corrupted by the siren song of the godless coastal elites from Southern California. Theater: Sex and the Musical (LA Fringe Festival), Phantom of the Paradise (The Roxy), The Beastly Bombing (Steve Allen Theater), Stupid Songs (Rockwell Table & Stage), Invasion! The Musical (Hudson Theater). In the pre-pandemic times, Aaron’s original holiday show A Harmony Boys Christmas at the Broadwater Theater in Hollywood won LA Stage Scene awards for Outstanding Production, Direction, and Ensemble. He can also occasionally be seen talking to a CGI lizard in national spots for Geico. BFA: University of Southern California (School of Cinematic Arts). 

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LAUREN O'BRIEN

(video interviewee Loreen Loomis) is a comedian and impressionist based in Los Angeles. She has appeared on America's Got Talent, Dana Carvey's First Impressions, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Lauren's viral video "Celebrities Stuck in Traffic" was featured on the TODAY Show. She has toured nationally and opened for Kevin Nealon, Arsenio Hall, and others. She was selected to perform at SF Sketchfest, Chicago's Funny Women Festival, and the Westside Comedy Showdown. Lauren trained at The Groundlings and Westside Comedy Theater.

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SARAH OLIVER

(Mitch McConnell) is a writer, actress, and spaghetti enthusiast living in LA.  She is proud to be a Second City Hollywood Conservatory and Director’s Program Graduate.  She spent the pandemic finishing the UCLA extension program for screenwriting. She currently co-hosts 'Mythunderstood" a comedy/educational podcast with her best friend and writing partner, Paul Bianchi.

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JOSH ODSESS-RUBIN

(Bernie Sanders, Jeff Bezos, Republican speech consultant) hails from Los Angeles where his recent TV credits include Hacks on HBO Max and Physical on AppleTV+.  Josh has appeared on stages from California to Maine, including South Coast Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Stage, American Stage, Cygnet Theatre, A Noise Within, Boston Court, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare, Yale Repertory, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Shakespeare Orange County, Coachella Valley Rep, Sierra Rep, FringeNYC, Dixon Place, and Ars Nova.  BA: Yale.  MFA: UC Irvine.  Improv: Upright Citizens.  www.joshorubin.com

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