Elect to Laugh with Will Durst

September 30

Doors/Bar 6:30
Show 7:00


Tickets $20



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 Hillary Clinton’s 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. But no matter which side of the partisan aisle you sit, you have to agree that the 2016 election season has already 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.  

Co -authored by the best joke writers in the business: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, Rick Perry, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee, not to mention the ever fecund Sarah Palin, and ably assisted by the 535 hard working satirists in Congress- this show is as bipartisan as a Congressional Ethics investigation. Every political stance will be taken to task, with extra- special added attacks on the irredeemably dim.

Elect to Laugh: 2016 comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable by hitting the hypocritical where it hurts the funniest chronicling the country’s humorous path through the primaries, debates, ads, mud, spin, tears, flip- flops, flop- flips, pancake flipping, and pancaked aspirations. Its comedy for people who read or know someone who does. 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 a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voice- overs and most specifically- stand up comedy- into a hilarious patchwork of common outrage 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 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.

Some lines which may or may not be included.

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.

Obama could discover a cure for cancer and Republicans would complain he’s anti- Big Pharmaceutical.

Chris Christie is 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.

Good news out of the Bernie Sanders camp. The candidate just got a clean bill of health from his paleontologist.

Hewlett Packard is cutting 30,000 jobs. Again. That’s how bad a CEO Carly Fiorina was. 10 years after firing her, they’re still laying people off.

What can you say about Joe Biden that hasn’t already been exhaustively covered by the latest USDA nutritional pamphlet on polenta.

Hillary Clinton is as cuddly as a stainless steel teddy bear filled with angry wasps. And the welds are starting to crack.

Why do you think the Democrats are so intent on passing the stem cell bill? They’re depending on that research to generate a spine.

Donald Trump is the candidate for everyone who never felt comfortable with 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.

 “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.”
Fox News

“One of the greatest commentators of all things political. He’s one of the best.”
Rachel Maddow.

“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.”
Abraham Lincoln