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Satirist Will Durst explores ‘America in the time of Trump’ 2 nights at the Chief

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — "I'm shy and an introvert; I can't schmooze to save my life – I'm a writer who performs," said Will Durst, author, newspaper columnist and political satirist.

Ironically enough, standing in front of an audience full strangers is a comfort zone where he thrives.

Maybe it's the 43 years of practice for this Milwaukee native or perhaps growing up in the ’70s culture of comedy fraught with the politics of "Vietn

am, Watergate and assassinations."

“Comedy is defiance. It’s a snort of contempt in the face of anxiety. And it’s the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.”

— Will Durst

Durst will present his new solo show, "The Durst Case Scenario," which is described as a "comedic exploration for a changing America during the time of Trump," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Chief Theater.

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"I try to distill issues into a language that people can relate to and see how it affects our real lives," Durst said. "You can't change the way people think in a comedy show but you can plant seeds of doubt. Sometimes, people just feel powerless, and you can let them know their opinion is just as worthy. And that's what I try to do."

Durst is a syndicated columnist, a radio and TV commentator for the likes of audible.com, Air America, CNN and NPR, and he’s a five-time Emmy nominee with appearances on The Today Show, Letterman and Comedy Central. Durst has also written three books, including “The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing.”

"Normally I try to hit both sides," Durst said. "But now, as I say in the show and as our president would say, I'm playing by his rules now and just counter-punching."

Over the years, Durst said his audience has changed, but he's been able to suffer through the ups and downs of the political waves, riding the tide by latching together a raft of his own comedic design.

"I like that side of it, because it keeps me in the game," Durst said.

His columns are written in a comedic, joking manner while his standup on stage is "authorly and writerly."

"I'm the only one who does what I do," Durst said. "I'm not sure if it's a good thing but it's idiosyncratic because they are two different voices that don't always intersect too often.”

For every column he writes, only one or two lines may end up in his onstage standup.

"Comedy is defiance,” Durst explained. “It's a snort of contempt in the face of anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale."

Tickets are $20 per show or $30 for both nights and they are available at chieftheater.com or All That, 601 Lincoln Ave.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

 

If you go:

What: A Weekend of Will Durst: “The Durst Case Scenario”

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets: $20 per show or both nights for $30

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