“…a master of political and cultural humor.” – anonymous SF ‘critic’
ELECT TO LAUGH with Will Durst is a hysterical hybrid chasing down the presidential election cycle with material as up to date as the latest tweet from DC. Will blends monologues and commentary and perhaps the occasional rant. The show’s intent is to blur the traditional boundaries between stand-up comedy and theater. Through innovation, experimentation, and a ravenous appetite for accessing the topical via the jugular, Durst is out to prove that jokes are not the enemy.
Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a comedy quilt of career, weaving together columns, books, radio, television commentaries and acting, voice-overs, and most especially, stand-up comedy, into a hilarious patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense. His abiding motto is, “You can’t make stuff up like this.” The New York Times calls him “possibly the best political comic in the country.” Fox News agrees “he’s a great political satirist,” while the Oregonian hails him as a “hilarious stand-up journalist.” This former radio talk host, oyster shucker, and margin smuggler currently writes a nationally syndicated humor column, and his scribblings have appeared in Esquire, George, the San Francisco Chronicle, National Lampoon, The New York Times and scads of other periodicals. He is a 5 time Emmy nominee; has been fired by PBS three times; told jokes in 14 countries; racked up 7 nominations for Stand-Up of the Year; and his 800+ television appearances include Letterman, HBO, Showtime, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, the BBC, and many more. The critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run of his one-man show “The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing,” was subsequently turned into a book of the same name by Ulysses Press. His hobbies include pinball, the never-ending quest for the perfect cheeseburger and his heroes remain the same as when he was 12…Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny. Not necessarily in that order. Durst’s performances are made possible by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.