Pope Francis in Florida

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The newly-elected Pope Francis made a surprise appearance in Florida last night. He was there to bless the latest performance of The Capitol Steps, a musical satire that just celebrated its 30th anniversary. They have been described by Larry King as "the best. There's no one like them, no one in their league."

The latest incarnation of the troup consists of four men and two women, but that does not mean the men all play male roles- one of them showed up as The Queen of England, giving advice to a pregnant Duchess Kate.

The key to their success is keeping their comedy skits topical, and it certainly requires a lot of serious thought to bring this comedic talent to life. The fact the troupe has been around for 30 years shows how successful they are.

From President Obama singing a tune from Fiddler on the Roof to General Petreus admitting to his infidelity while performing a tune from Gilbert & Sullivan to Speaker of the House Boehner as the Phantom of the Opera. the completely original lyrics kept the audience thoroughly entertained. Topics lampooned by the troupe included the European debt crisis, featuring a sobbing Greece crying on the shoulder of the French president, who could not resist the Gallic urge to grope some ass. All the while a smug German chancellor looked on.

Capitol Steps is being performed at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center through March 24, 2013.

For more about The Capitol Steps, who have released 32 albums, visit their website at www.capitolsteps.com


Clifford Cunningham

Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist currently affiliated with the National Astronomical Research Institute. He did his PhD work in the history of astronomy at James Cook University, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. He is the author of 12 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honour by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1990.

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