Will Durst dances onstage, while wearing a suit.

A new president, a new tax plan, multiple travel bans and an investigation into Russian meddling in U.S. elections. For many, 2017 was a year of serious political news. But for a political satirist like Will Durst, it was a comedic gold mine. The comedian and nationally syndicated columnist joins Forum in-studio to laugh at last year’s headlines, and look to what he’ll be joking about in 2018.


Will Durst, comedian; syndicated columnist

Political Comic Will Durst on Last Year’s Funnies, This Year’s Jokes 3 January,2018Michael Krasny

  • Noelle

    Well, today’s trump tweet bragging about his bigger nuclear button made me shake my head. Is he trying to be funny or is he stuck at age twelve?

  • William – SF

    I find few things funny about DJT, but I can’t stop giggling when I note that DJT has an ex-military commander as a babysitter.

  • jdoubleu

    Eric Trump’s #deepstate tweet was actually the HUMOR that Twitter suggested he follow 3 ‘top’ Democrats: Hillary, Obama and Ellen. (It wasn’t that Ellen was ‘deep state.’) You and thousands of others seem to have missed the humor was that Twitter suggests that Republicans follow Democrats, or vice versa.

    • Noelle

      Irony is a victim of the internet age. Satire is having a hard time there, with the instant reaction atmosphere.

  • Geri Lafferty

    Cannot locate the “Forum” discount code mentioned in the interview for the Cobbs show Sunday. Using Live Nation ticket site, there doesn’t appear to be a place to add a coupon code.

  • Robert Thomas

    Why are comments for the 10:30 hour “The Hello Girls” closed?

    This is the second time in two weeks that Forum comments have been closed before the segment even began.

    Who’s asleep at the switch?

  • Colin Kane

    I find few things funny about DJT, but I can’t stop giggling when I note that DJT has an ex-military commander as a babysitter.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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