As the sacred cows set themselves up for slaughter
each night at six, America cries out for a man with
the aim, strength and style to swat the partisan
political piñatas upside their heads. Will
Durst is that man. Sweeping both sides of the aisle
with a quiver full of barbs sharpened by a keen
wit and dipped into the same ink as the day's headlines,
Durst transcends political ties, last year performing
at events featuring Vice President Al Gore and former
President George HW Bush, also speaking at the Governors
Conference and the Mayors Convention cementing his
claim as the nation's ultimate equal opportunity
offender. Outraged and outrageous, Durst may mock
and scoff and taunt, but he does it with taste.
A Midwestern baby boomer with a media induced identity
crisis, Durst has been called "a modern day
Will Rogers" by The L.A. Times while the S.
F. Chronicle hails him as "heir apparent to
Mort Sahl and Dick Gregory." The Chicago Tribune
argues he's a "hysterical hybrid of Hunter
Thompson and Charles Osgood," although the
Washington Post portrays him as "the dark Prince
of doubt." All agree Durst is America's premier
American as a bottomless cup of coffee, this former
Milwaukeean is cherished by critics and audiences
alike for the common sense he brings to his surgical
skewering of the hype and hypocrisies engulfing
us on a daily basis. Busier than a blind squirrel
neck deep in an almond sorting warehouse, Durst
writes a daily Internet column, was a contributing
editor to both National Lampoon and George magazines
and continues to pen frequent contributions to various
periodicals such as the New York Times and his hometown
San Francisco Chronicle.
five-time Emmy nominee and host/co-producer of the
ongoing award winning PBS series "Livelyhood"
is also a regular commentator on NPR and CNN, and
has appeared on every comedy show featuring a brick
wall including Letterman, Comedy Central, HBO and
Showtime, receiving 7 consecutive nominations for
the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year.
Hobbies include the never-ending search for the
perfect cheeseburger, while his heroes remain the
same from when he was twelve: Thomas Jefferson and
Will Durst's performances are made possible by
the First Amendment.