Comedy for people who read or know someone who does.
Will Durst has an identity crisis, and the media is no help at all. The L.A. Times calls him, "A modern day Will Rogers." The San Francisco Examiner argues hes "the heir apparent to Mort Sahl and Dick Gregory." The Chicago Tribune hails Durst as an "hysterical hybrid of Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Osgood." Hes Americas premier political comic, but you could more precisely say hes a renegade social commentator, or a crusty but benign populist windmill titter, or how bout just a bi-partisan smartass. The dark prince of doubt; he reads between the lines and is convinced that if youre not confused, youre not paying attention.
Durst finds his material in the eight newspapers he reads every day. "You cant make stuff up like this." Hes outraged and outrageous. As topical as the days headlines; from the President to the Pope to the Post Office, no one escapes his scathing hits. "Politicians are people who lie to the press and then believe what they read." "Clintons not a lame duck. Hes a quadriplegic paramecium with severe nerve damage." "Newt Gingrich keeps saying he wants to work with Clinton, yeah, the same way a five year old with a magnifying glass wants to work with ants. Hes not a politician, hes Pete Rose with rabies."
William Tell Bruce John Henry Durst Jr. grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but moved to San Francisco because "comedy is illegal in Milwaukee." This self-described "blue collar comic" held over 1 00 jobs before finally earning a living making people laugh out loud on purpose. He ran for Mayor of San Francisco, came in 4th out of 11, spent $1,200 and got 2% of the vote: so on a dollar per vote basis, he IS mayor of San Francisco.
The only comic ever invited to Harvards Kennedy School of Government, he writes a daily column on the Internet, syndicates radio commentaries across the country and is a monthly columnist for both "The Progressive" and "Funny Times" magazines. Host of the award winning PBS series "We Do The Work" hes been on every comedy show featuring a brick wall, including Letterman. Durst taped a "One Night Stand" for HBO, and his A&Es "A Years Worth with Will Durst" was nominated for a Cable Ace Award. He also has been nominated 6 times for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year, but still hasnt won, making him the Susan Lucci of stand up. Hobbies include the never-ending search for the perfect cheeseburger, and his heroes are the same as when he was twelve: Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny.
His performances are made possible by the first amendment.