Kiss off the year with comedy at the Firehouse

Will Durst and crew return to Pleasanton for 25th year of political satire

End the year with a laugh -- an entire evening of laughs.

Once again Will Durst and his merry band of pranksters will be in Pleasanton while touring theaters of the greater Bay Area with their 25th annual Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show. The PG-13 performance begins at 8 p.m. next Wednesday (Dec. 27) at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Durst will team with five other comics -- Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni and Arthur Gaus -- to presents skits, songs, sketches and stand-up.

They vow to lampoon, satirize, mock, scoff, scorn, taunt, tease, rib, ridicule, josh, jibe and kid the personalities and events of 2017, and to do it with a modicum of taste (hence the PG-13 rating).

"It's 'Saturday Night Live' meets the 'Daily Show' on steroids," one review noted.

Durst has been dubbed "the thinking man's comic" by the Oregonian, and he is acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country.

Current politics, of course, provide plenty of fodder. In a talk with members of the Commonwealth Club last year he quoted someone saying, "Of course Trump hasn't read the Bible -- he isn't in it."

Durst also riffs on being a baby boomer and the challenges of the Internet age.

"Every week you descend deeper into 'password hell,'" he said in a performance available on YouTube. "You need a password for everything -- to look at your water bill, to rent a car, to get in and out of bed. Oh, no that's a 'safe word.'"

Tickets for the comedy show are $20-$30. Go to, call 931-4848, or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.

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