Photos: courtesy of Agnes Patak
What: Elect to Laugh: 2016 with Will Durst is a brand- new, hysterical, one-man show
When: Friday, August 26th 2016/8:00pm doors, 8:30pm start time
Where: Mateel Community Center
Tickets: $15 in advance. $20 at the door
Show Description –
Elect to Laugh: 2016 with Will Durst is a brand- new, hysterical, one-man show stalking the presidential election cycle like white on rice. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious 80 minute production reflects Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Bernie Sanders’ lead staffer’s latest tweet.
Winston Churchill called the American political process a circus wrapped inside a game show covered in poisonous weasel glitter. Well, he should have. And both sides of the partisan aisle can’t help but agree that the 2016 election season has spawned one of the most fertile, febrile and fecund campaigns in history. For mocking and scoffing and taunting purposes, that is. As a source for comedic material it has been an embarrassment of riches. Lush like a tropical rain forest – A cornucopia of delights – Like slam-dunking from a step-ladder.
Co -authored by the best joke writers in the business: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, not to mention the ubiquitous Sarah Palin, and ably assisted by the 535 hard working satirists in Congress- this show is more bipartisan than an Apple Pie Day Proclamation. Every political stance is taken to task with extra- special attention paid to the irredeemably dim. Of which there is more than a little.
Elect to Laugh: 2016 hits the hypocritical where it hurts the funniest chronicling the country’s torturously amusing path through the primaries, debates, ads, mud, spin, tears, flip- flops and flop- flips. It is comedy for people who read or know someone who does; political comedy for folks who don’t like politics.
Will Durst’s Bio –
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 a career, weaving together columns, books, commentaries, acting, voice- overs and most specifically- stand up, into a hilarious patchwork of outrage and outrageous common sense, guided by his abiding motto, “You can’t make stuff up like this.”
The New York Times calls him “possibly the best political comic working in the country today.” 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 margarine 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 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.
Durst’s performances are made possible by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Reviews and Quotes –
Here’s a recent review from Michael Anthony of the Minneapolis Star- Tribune:
“The 63-year-old Durst brings a refreshing, occasionally surreal sense of amused bafflement and outrage to the crazy world around him, framing his observations in rich, literate language that borders on the Shakespearean.”
“Will Durst is the natural successor to Mort Sahl.”
-The New York Post.
“He’s perfected a verbal jitterbug of comedy, taking on politics and war and rhetoric.”
-The New Yorker Magazine.
“A great political satirist. One of the funniest guys around.”
“One of the greatest commentators of all things political. He’s one of the best.”
“Will Durst might possibly be the best political comic working in the country today.”
-The New York Times.
“We laugh in order not to cry.”
Samples of the show, so far…
Donald Trump says he wants to run the country like a business, which is worrisome, because he looks like the kind of guy who would burn it down for the insurance.
Good news out of the Bernie Sanders camp. The candidate just got a clean bill of health from his paleontologist.
Senator Sanders should use his experience as a plus. When history starts to repeat itself, he’ll be the first to know and can alert the rest of us.
Hillary Clinton says she’s going to concentrate on picking up women voters, which co- incidentally mirrors her husband’s agenda almost exactly.
Obama could discover a cure for cancer and Republicans would complain he’s anti- Big Pharmaceutical.
Ted Cruz is quite mad. Doubt if he could win a majority of the voices in his own head.
Chris Christie was always destined to disprove that whole “too big to fail” theory.
One thing Donald Trump has right. If he’s elected President, Mexico will indeed build a wall – To control our immigration.
Trying to make Hillary Clinton cuddly is like gluing goose down to the side of a barracuda.
Donald Trump is the candidate for everyone who could never cozy up to the intellectual elitism of Sarah Palin.
No matter what you think of Obama’s policies, you got to admire his ability not to get involved with them.
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