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Monday, September 1, 2014 • VOL. LXiI NO. 36
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Comedy for People Who read or Know Someone Who Does 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 especially, stand up comedy, into a hilarious patchwork of outraged 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 in the country." 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.
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September 3-7
Harvey’s Casino
18 Highway 50
South Lake Tahoe, NV
September 10
*Rebuild Cal
Sacramento, CA
September 11
*Tehama Bull Sale
Tehama, CA
September 12-13
Fighting Bob Festival
Madison, WI
September 14
Celebration Day
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
September 16-20
ACME Comedy Club
708 North First Street
Minneapolis, MN
September 21
From LSD to OMG
Morty’s Comedy Club
Indianapolis, MN
September 24-27
From LSD to OMG
Alberta Abbey Theater
Portland, OR
October 2-5
Rooster T Feathers
157 W. El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA
October 9
Livermore Labs
Livermore, CA
October 11
From LSD to OMG
Clocktower Cabaret
Denver, CO
October 14
From LSD to OMG
City Winery
Napa Valley
Opera House
Napa, CA
October 15
October 17-18
From LSD to OMG
Firehouse Arts Center
Pleasanton, CA
October 22
*San Francisco
Newspaper Association
October 25
From LSD to OMG
Ukiah, CA

* Private Gig

Title of this Week's Durst Case Scenario The plume of a great doom now looms. Talking about that wonderfully hideous first Monday in September - Labor Day. Yeah, sure, it’s a big time, bona fide holiday, but being the last warm wet splash of summer - so bittersweet. Like the final free Continental breakfast buffet before checking out of a five-star hotel.
Labor Day is a calendar signpost marking the end of swimming pools, lemonade and fireworks. No more ice cream cones, water slides or corn roasts. Conversely, it’s the beginning of turkey dinners, the World Series, Halloween and pumpkin lattes. Of leaping into giant piles of raked leaves. Don’t expect to see very many outdoor ice bucket challenges the rest of the year.
The 4th of July was 8 weeks ago with Thanksgiving still 2 and a half months away, so Labor Day does double duty as a holiday spacer. But its original intent was as a tribute to the American worker. An extra day set aside to let the ordinary citizens who are the economic pistons of this country catch their breath. Because, face it, won’t be long before Christmas carols are being blasted into shopping center vestibules.
As a kid, the name always seemed so counter-intuitive. A day off to honor work. Like eating fried chicken to celebrate vegetables. Hurrying up to wait in line. Nude runway models at a fashion show. Pushing cars. Ice fishing.
And don’t let anybody tell you the honorees of Labor Day are restricted to organized labor. This one is for all of us who collect a paycheck. Doesn’t matter if you’re sweating over liquid steel poured sand molds or sweeping clean room factory floors or pinwheeling in a cubicle or bouncing from cash register to coffee urn, this holiday is for you. That tiny segment of the population that actually works for a living. And bosses. They get the day off too.
From LSD to OMG
BoomeRagingComing to a Theatre near you! Will Durst’s acclaimed tribute to the history, growth, joys, achievements, frustrations, fashions and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, Durst explores the Boomers’ revolutions, evolutions and still vibrant role in today’s youth-obsessed society, which they invented, for crum’s sake. It’s a celebration of the maturation of the Boomer Nation and as an extra, added, special treat- the Meaning of Life.
Special Note: Due to the graphic nature and startlingly archaic technology, children under the age of 40 will not
be admitted unless accompanied
by a guardian or bring a note.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
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