Alexandra Petri joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss comedy, pun competitions, Star Wars, and the best Christmas presents for people you don’t like. Petri is a Washington Post opinions writer where she also writes the ComPost blog, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day.  She is the author of “A Field Guide to Awkward Silences”.

Petri said humor seems to come out best when you find things that make you feel indignant. “It’s easier to find the joke in something when you think, ‘This this is ridiculous.’”

She also touched on 2016 and her theory as to why Donald Trump is still successful. “I think one of the weird misconceptions that happens every four years is there is this switch in the White House that just fixes everything and the President is like, ‘No I won’t under any circumstances flip the fix-everything-switch’ and you run the campaign on, ‘Well when I am in office I will definitely flip the switch! Things will be fixed and better!’” she said. “And Donald Trump is the simplified version of that.”