Baby boomers topic of Durst’s Vallejo show

By From page B1 | April 11, 2014

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Will Durst

FAIRFIELD — BTW – Will Durst, who is bringing his “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” show to Vallejo, isn’t a fan of such abbreviations.

“I’m just not big on that,” said the 62-year-old Durst. He did, however, say in jest, he has his own abbreviation. It’s GMTHOOHBIPSITF, which stands for “Get me the (expletive) out of here before I punch someone in the face.”

The political satirist thinks with the last of the baby boomers hitting 50 this year, the show, which focuses on that generation, has a long life span. Even if he has to shout out his routine.

“I must have a mic,” he said. “The audiences have hearing aids.”

The show was inspired by Durst’s take on the buildup to the 2012 presidential election. He estimated he had two hours worth of material. The success of that material laid the groundwork for his Baby Boomer format. However, Durst noted that he doesn’t have a staff of 15 writers like Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, so he started at ground zero in material creation.

“He’s the Walmart of comedy,” Durst said, joking about Stewart.

“BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” debuted last spring. Durst said he’s pleased with the audience response and its reviews. Some of the topic titles in his repertoire are, “Hey You Punks, Get Off My Wireless Router” and “From the Summer of Love to the Winter of Our Incontinence.”

Durst, a Bay Area fixture, has made more than 400 television appearances around the globe. He performed two years ago in Vallejo. He’s returning there April 19 to perform at the Empress Theatre.

“Vallejo is ahead of the curve because, of all over America, it was the first city to go bankrupt,” Durst said. “The whole country went into tatters. As Vallejo goes, so goes the country.”

Eleven other American cities filed for bankruptcy after Vallejo, three of them in California.

Durst is scheduled to perform April 24 at a suicide prevention benefit in San Francisco. His approach will be simple, he said: Acknowledge what’s going on but don’t get too deep into the subject. He’ll thank them for being there and do his best to make them laugh.

The comic said he’s happy to perform at benefits such as this. He sees it as a way to give back. Just don’t expect to see him giving his time for something such as “Lawyers without summer homes in Tahoe,” Durst said.

A prolific writer, Durst pens weekly commentaries and maintains a strong online presence.

“You’ve got to earn a living,” he said. “I’ve patched together a comedy quilt.”

When asked what size, Durst said, in jest, that the quilt “barely covers a queen-size bed.”

The introduction to his Huffington Post column states that his wife is much funnier. The pair met at a comedy club in 1988. Debi Durst was much funnier then and still is, he said.

The couple are longtime Giants fans who once worked for the organization. Debi Durst hasn’t missed a Giants opening day since 1987.

“We had to go to opening day,” Will Durst said, with a sigh in his voice. “It’s like a holiday in our house.”

He compared the sport to a soap opera and said some of the characters (players) are recurring, new characters are introduced and there’s a history, which includes ups and downs that bind them.

The villains in the story are the “much-hated” Dodgers, he said.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Will Durst: “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG”

  • 8 p.m. April 19
  • Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St., Vallejo
  • 552-2400
  • www.empresstheatre.org
  • www.willdurst.com
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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