Will Durst – CANCELED


Paul Emery Presents
Nevada Theatre, Nevada City, CA
Friday, November 1, 8:00pm
$30 premium reserved seating
$20 general admission

“Will Durst is the natural successor to Mort Sahl” – The NY 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.

“One of the greatest commentators of all things political. He’s one of the best.” – Air America 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.

Elect To Laugh: 2020 with Will Durst is a hysterical, one- man show stalking the presidential election cycle like stink on a no- bid federal contract to Halliburton. This hilarious 85 minute production showcases Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Joe Biden’s lead staffer’s latest clarification.

Winston Churchill called the American political process a circus wrapped inside a game show covered in poisonous weasel glitter. Well, something like that. And both sides of the partisan aisle agree the 2020 election season is spawning 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. Telling jokes about this campaign is like slam- dunking from a step- ladder.

“Elect To Laugh: 2020” is co -authored by the best joke writers in the business: Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Moscow Mitch McConnell, Bernie Sanders, Mike Pence, Kamala Harris, not to mention the wacky Marianne Williamson, and ably assisted by the 535 hard working satirists in Congress- this show is as bipartisan as a Mom & Apple Pie Proclamation. Every political stance is taken to task with extra- special attention paid to the irredeemably dim. Of which there seems to be more than a little.

Durst’s new show hits the hypocritical where it hurts the funniest chronicling the country’s torturously amusing path through the debates, primaries, 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.

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 everyman common sense, guided by his abiding motto, “You can’t make stuff up like this.”

The New York Times called him “possibly the best political comic working in the country today,” and Fox News agreed, “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 both a weekly nationally syndicated humor column, and a biweekly humor column for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Other scribblings have appeared in Esquire, George, San Francisco Magazine, The National Lampoon, New York Times and scads of other periodicals. He is a 5 time Emmy nominee; been fired by PBS three times; told jokes in 14 countries; racked up 7 nominations for Stand- Up of the Year; and his 900+ 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.