Will Durst brings one-man show to Sacramento

By From page B15 | August 23, 2013

Will Durst standing-lg


Will Durst and His All-New Show, “BoomeRaging from LSD to OMG,” is coming to Sacramento on Friday, Aug. 23.

Five-time Emmy nominee Durst describes his new one-man show as being about the travail of being “chronologically gifted,” or “what happens when acid flashbacks meet dementia.”

Durst clearly enjoys performing his new show, calling it “liberating” — perhaps because he gets to climb out of his long-standing role as political comic and just riff on his life — and by extension, a whole generation.

The act is drawing rave reviews in San Francisco, and comes to Sacramento in an exclusive engagement presented by the Humor Times, the locally-based monthly political humor publication.

The one-night-only event is at 7 p.m., at Sierra II Center’s 24th Street Theatre, 2791 24th St. in Sacramento. Complimentary drinks will be served at a hosted bar in the garden room and courtyard adjacent to the theater before the show.

The veteran comedian noted that people often remember only the good things about the past, so doing a show about a whole generation is somewhat cathartic.

“I’m still at the point where I’m aging but I don’t feel like I’m aged,” said Durst. “I can still see the humor about becoming older. We did create the youth culture and demanded to be heard and then we were heard. We have that activism and we still feel like we will not be muted.”

Today’s world is very different from the one boomers grew up in, and that alone presents a lot of material.

“Everybody has the nostalgia for not being so frenetic as we are now. Today’s pace is a bitch,” Durst noted.

“I tell a lot of jokes — every line has a joke or word play or a call back,” said Durst. “I spent 32 years in stand up and I learned a lot of ways to tell a joke. And I’m able to do a joke every line and also propel the narrative.”

Getting old can be depressing, but Durst’s “BoomeRaging from LSD to OMG” is a moral-booster for his audience. “I am not as old as my parents were when they were my age,” he quips. “This is the oldest I’ve ever been … and I’m beginning to sense a pattern.”

Tickets are $20 or $25 for preferred seating in advance or $25 and $30 at the door. They may be purchased  online through Brown Paper Tickets at

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