The Capitol Steps is musical satire that takes a ridiculous look at the political players who have been irritating you and infuriating you for years. Formed by former Senate staffers, The Capitol Steps features 30 song parodies that lampoon the men and women of Capitol Hill.

They’re not trying to be funny.

But when Mitt Romney refers to Barack Obama as Osama Bin Laden or John Kerry suggests that soldiers aren’t educated, it’s hard to keep a straight face.

These guys can’t be serious, right? 

Scratch the surface of Washington politics and you find you’re either in tears or roaring with laughter. Politics as usual is pretty unusual when you consider what the powerful are doing and saying these days.

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Or, maybe, you’ll laugh until you cry.

The Capitol Steps is musical satire that takes a ridiculous look at the political players who have been irritating you and infuriating you for years. Formed by former Senate staffers, The Capitol Steps features 30 song parodies that lampoon the men and women of Capitol Hill.

Dubbed “the best musical satire on Washington anywhere,” The Capitol Steps will perform at 8 p.m., Friday at Memorial Hall. Loretta Laroche Productions brings the group to Plymouth, offering a chance to belly laugh at some of the people and issues that plague your TV and patience.

This group began performing in 1981 when a group of Senate staffers gathered for their annual Christmas party.

“The story goes that we wanted to do a traditional nativity play but, in all of Congress, we couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin,” Capitol Steps performer Mark Eaton said. “We sat down and wrote out three or four songs that were totally inside the beltway.”

The resulting inside jokes and song parodies had everyone cracking up. And, as they wiped the tears of laughter from their eyes, these staffers-turned-performers paused. Maybe they could take this idea and expand on it to catch bigger fish.

The next thing they knew, they had a gig and a really big fish on their line.

“From there we spun out of control,” Eaton said. “We started traveling the country and our bosses started noticing we didn’t’ show up for work and we became fulltime.”

Imagine The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited” turned on its ear to create The Capitol Steps’ “I’m So Indicted.” It’s just one of a multitude.

“We are equal-opportunity offenders,” Eaton added. “If you get upset we’re bashing on a Republican, just hold on, because we’ll be bashing a Democrat in the next tune.”

Any complaints from politicians?

Well, yes. Eaton said politicians who don’t make the cut sometimes get offended. Being ignored is, apparently, far more insulting than being insulted.

“Most of it is singing,” Eaton added. “It’s a 90-minute show with close to 30 different songs and skits and most are song parodies. It’s sort of like Weird Al meets politics. We take a popular tune and change the words around and make it silly.”

Larry King and many others have given The Capitol Steps an emphatic thumb’s up.

 Tickets are $40 for cabaret seating, which includes beverage service, and $30 for general admission. They are available at the Plymouth Memorial Hall box office at 50 Court St., by calling 508-747-1340 or 866-468-7619 (toll free), online at www.plymouthhall.com, and at all FYE and Strawberries stores.

The bottom line is, politics and the state of the world these days are nail biters, and The Capitol Steps is a rare opportunity to laugh at your worries.

 “If you take this stuff too seriously it will drive you crazy,” Eaton said of politics. “You need to take a moment and step back and laugh at some of the lunacy that goes on every day.”