ELECT TO LAUGH: 2016
Written by Will Durst
2 New Nights in Berkeley!
Friday, November 4
8pm | Berkeley
Saturday, November 5
8:30pm | Berkeley
“My stomach ached from laughing. Durst tells stories and memories of people he met along the way, from President Ford to President Obama, criticizing everyone with hilarity.” –Talkin Broadway
“Will Durst is the natural successor to Mort Sahl.” — The New York Post
“Highly Recommended! Durst is at his sly, savvy best. A sharp one man show.” — The New York Times
“A great political satirist! One of the funniest guys around!” — Fox News Radio
“He’s perfected a verbal jitterbug of comedy, taking on politics, and war and rhetoric.” — The New Yorker Magazine
“If you’re tired of politics as usual, you’ll love Will Durst.” — WOR Radio
“Smashing! Watching this election mediated by Durst will get us through November. The other joy of watching Durst lies in watching a master at work. Quick to connect with the audience, he alternates knowing insults and ego stokes, always taking the audience’s pulse.” –Stark Insider
“Will Durst might possibly be the best political comic working in the country today.” — The New York Times
“When it comes to political satire, I think I’ll cast my vote for Durst.” –Marinscope
“Will Durst has us roaring in the aisles with big, galumphing belly laughs.” — SF Theater Blog
ELECT TO LAUGH with Will Durst is a hysterical hybrid chasing down the presidential election cycle like white on rice with material as up to date as the latest tweet from DC. It will blend 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.
With descendants of Mark Twain, George Carlin, and Spalding Gray, Durst will, every Tuesday, twist the rhythm of stand-up with poetry, punditry, and puzzles o’plenty, planting the production solidly in the strictures and structures of a deconstructed one-man show. Or solo performance piece. Whatever. With a single aim: to mock and scoff and taunt, but with taste. Consider it political comedy for people who don’t like politics.
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.
Visit his website at www.willdurst.com
Tickets: $30 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
2 Nights in Berkeley!
Friday, November 4 at 8pm | Berkeley
Saturday, November 5 at 8:30pm | Berkeley
80 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 18 and up | Please do not bring infants to the show
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Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
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