DURST CASE SCENARIO.
Fresh from the national tour of his award- nominated, hilarious chronicle of the action- packed 2016 election, “Elect to Laugh,” comedian, columnist, actor, author, former oyster shucker, Will Durst, presents his new solo outing “Durst Case Scenario,” a hysterical historical exploration of the changes in America during the Time of Trump. DCS is a rollicking feast of outrage and outrageousness as up- to- date as the latest 4 am Oval Office tweet.
In this lightning- paced, 85- minute comedic tour- de- force, Durst, described by the New York Times as “possibly the best political comic working today,” analyzes where we are, how we got here and what destinations may lie ahead. Along with analyzing the altered political landscape, he also details the wacky zany antics, palace intrigues and potholes and pitfalls of polarization that threaten our country, hemisphere, planet, solar system and universe, in this, The New Abnormal.
The response has been electric. Crowds stream to performances searching for a community of like- minded confused souls. Equal parts comedy and therapy, the intrepid Dr. Durst assists audiences in overcoming their PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder, by surgically isolating the farcical and sticking pins into the ludicrous. For sufferers who never thought they’d laugh again, this show is the perfect prescription.
Durst describes this strange new world where everyday without a mushroom cloud is a victory. He provides a prescription for the anxiety of never knowing whether the president will strike the flint that shoots a spark to light the fuse to Armageddon. Prepare to meet the funny side of defiance. Because its laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.
Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector and blessed with an extraordinary talent to engage audiences with righteous exasperation, Durst mocks & scoffs & taunts in segments such as Trumpapalooza, the Bright Sides of Donald J. Trump’s Presidency, the Symptoms of PTSD & Mike Pence is the Product of Reverse Taxidermy.
The Durst Case Scenario is playful and ludicrous and whimsical and droll and silly and serious and sarcastic, mischievous, incisive, trenchant, profound, and chock full of jokes. Many funny ones. A unique theatrical event delivered with stand- up timing and not less than a modicum of poetry.
Due to the subversive nature of this show, a portion of each night’s proceeds will be donated to fund a non- profit whose mission will be to bury wire cutters along the Canadian border. Will Durst’s performances are brought to you by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. At least, right now. See this show before this sort of thing becomes illegal.
Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voice- overs and stand- up into a riotous patchwork of funny comedy humor. The Oregonian called him, “The thinking man’s comedian." Author of 4 books, Durst has told jokes in 16 countries, racked up 800+ television appearances, released 5 CDs and despite blistering reproach, continues to squeeze ketchup on his bratwurst.
Here’s a brief excerpt.
And here are a few choice remarks from this and previous shows.
DURST CASE SCENARIO.
Lily Janiak. San Francisco Chronicle.
“Not just a cathartic evening, but a galvanizing one as well.”
Joint Forces Journal.
“Equal parts therapy and comedy. Prepare to meet the funny side of defiance.”
All Events Review.
“Be thankful for Durst to help us keep our heads on straight.”
“A lightning- quick farce. A comedic tour de force rant.”
ELECT TO LAUGH.
Eddie Reynolds. Theatreblogspot.
"Outrageously funny! Will Durst is a master comic and highly enjoyable."
Woody Weingarten, Marinscope.
“My face ached from chuckling" "The crowd’s laughter began with Durst’s first gag and ended with his last" "When it comes to political satire, I think I’ll cast my vote for Durst.”
Cy Ashley Webb. Stark Insider.
“He’s so good that even if you’re suffering from the queasy nausea that goes with too much election year BS, you’ll still make room for him. The other joy of watching Durst lies in watching a master at work who fits into the rare genre of intelligent comedy, equal parts professor and clown.”
Evan Almdale. Joint Forces Journal.
Just when you think the 2016 election cycle can’t get any more over-the-top, along comes Will Durst to find fresh and even more outrageous material to satire.
Richard Connema. Talking Broadway.
“My stomach ached from laughing.”
Doug Konecky. SF Theatre Blog.
“With one nonstop joke after the other, Will Durst has us roaring in the aisles with big, galumphing belly laughs through the show.”
BOOMERAGING: FROM LSD TO OMG.
Voted #1 Artist by the 2014 Santa Cruz Fringe Festival.
Winner of the Arthur Smith Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Special Closing Night performance at 2015 Maui Fringe Festival.
Jean Schiffman. San Francisco Examiner.
“Durst’s good-natured, acerbic monologue is so funny that… I found myself on the verge of uncontrollable, hysterical laughter. His observations are hilarious.”
Berkeley Patch. “I can’t remember being more amused by anything in years.”
Berkeley Daily Planet.
Durst is magnificent on stage. His observations are unique and cutting, his vocal acrobatics are hilarious, his physical routines are inspired, wacky and polished."
Kate Copstick. The Scotsman.
“Everyone will be thrilled by the display of mastery of the art and craft of stand-up, and his kind of smart, classy, quality comic observations.”
THE ALL- AMERICAN SPORT OF BIPARTISAN BASHING.
New York Times.
“Highly recommended. Durst is at his sly, savvy best. A sharp one- man show.”
The New Yorker.
“He’s perfected a veritable jitterbug of comedy, taking on politics and war and rhetoric.”
The New York Post.
“Durst is the natural successor to Mort Sahl.”