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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Will Durst's Elect to Laugh -- Political Comedy for People who Don't like Politics

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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Elect To Laugh! with acclaimed political comic Will Durst is a live show that chases down the presidential election like a Force Five tornado sniffing out a trailer court, with material as up-to-date as the latest leaked tweet from Justice Roberts' law clerk. Blending monologue, impressions, commentary, and the occasional rant, this 80-minute, critically acclaimed show is a hysterical hybrid of stand-up comedy and theater, designed to satisfy the appetite of the most ravenous political junkie.

click to enlarge Elect to Laugh! brings the biting political comedy of Will Durst to people who read or know someone who does - IMAGE CREDIT: WILLDURST.COM
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  • Elect to Laugh! brings the biting political comedy of Will Durst to people who read or know someone who does
Now extended through Election Day (Nov. 6 -- mark your calendars!), Elect to Laugh! runs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at The Marsh theater in San Francisco.

"I know, I know, I know," says Durst. "I'm not young or hip. But it's smart and fast and lots of jokes."


A self-proclaimed disciple of Mark Twain, George Carlin, and Spalding Gray, Durst twists the rhythm of stand-up with poetry and punditry. Part deconstructed one-man show, part solo performance piece, Elect to Laugh! moves forward with a single goal: to mock and scoff and taunt, but with taste. Durst also wants "to make people laugh out loud on purpose against their will."

Elect to Laugh! aims to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" by hitting politicians upside their hypocritical heads, using the smartest and most topical bipartisan humor. Durst cleverly describes his work as "comedy for people who read -- or know someone who does."

The New York Times has called Durst "quite possibly the best political comic in the country today." He writes a nationally syndicated humor column, is a five-time Emmy nominee, and has been fired by PBS three times. He's told jokes in 14 countries and been on television more than 800 times, including appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, HBO, and Showtime. His Off-Broadway show, The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing, was turned into a book of the same name in 2008.

Elect to Laugh! with Will Durst runs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), S.F. Buy tickets here, discounted to $10 with the code "vote."

Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco.

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