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For Immediate Release
March 26, 2012

Political Satire Comedy Troupe Celebrates IPFW’s 100th Omnibus Lecture

Key Info

  • 100th Omnibus Entertainment
  • The Capitol Steps
  • Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.
  • Rhinehart Music Center; doors open 6 p.m.
  • Free tickets required.
  • Tickets available Tuesday, March 27
  • Larson Ticket Office in the Athletics Center, Monday–Friday, 12:30–6:30 p.m.
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) announces the entertainment for the 100th Omnibus Lecture, culminating the 2011–12 Omnibus Lecture Series season. The performance of The Capitol Steps, Washington, D.C., political humorists, will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in the Rhinehart Music Center. Free tickets are required and will be available starting Tuesday, March 27. The public is invited to join the celebration with uproarious laughter as The Capitol Steps take the American political theatre to task.

Since 1995, the IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series has brought speakers of national prominence to talk about the most compelling issues of our time. As our country gears up for another election season, Omnibus has chosen The Capitol Steps to take a lighthearted look into the 2012 political arena.

The Capitol Steps, a political satire comedy troupe, formed in the early 1980s when a group of Senate staffers working under the Reagan administration decided that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers. Expect to laugh until it hurts—and then laugh some more—when The Capitol Steps bring their caucus of comedy to the campus of IPFW.

These former Congressional staffers know what it takes to turn Washington inside out. Between their members, they have served the public in 18 Congressional offices and boast a combined 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience—so needless to say, there’s no shortage of material.

The Capitol Steps has performed for NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, and NPR—and five presidents. Their ability to take on both sides of the aisle has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Politico, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and more.

The IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series, in its 17th year, celebrates 100 lectures dedicated to presenting diverse ideas and respected speakers to northeast Indiana. Since 1995 all lectures have been free and open to the public.

Free tickets are required for all Omnibus Lectures and must be picked up in person. TICKET LOCATION HAS CHANGED to the Larson Ticket Office in the Athletics Center, open Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Omnibus Lecture Series has been supported by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation since 1995. The 2011–12 season media sponsors are WANE-TV NewsChannel 15, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

All lectures are held on the IPFW campus in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center’s 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. Doors open one hour before the each lecture. Campus parking is free and convenient. The new 1,000-space parking garage located in the Fine Arts Plaza is open for the 2012 Omnibus lectures. Patrons are advised to allow ample time for traffic and parking, as the series and other events on campus may draw large crowds.

The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center is located on the north end of campus in the arts plaza next to the Ernest E. Williams Theatre and the Visual Arts Building, and behind the Medical Education Center.

For a parking map, more information, and speaker photos, visit the Omnibus website or contact University Relations and Communications at 260-481-6808 or