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Will Durst performs with Larry ‘Bubbles’ Brown at the Improv in South Lake Tahoe

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Will Durst, seen with Howie Nave, will perform this week at the Improv at Harveys.
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WILL DURST

Oh my, it’s been quite a year for political humorist Will Durst. Not only is Durst in big demand right now during this presidential year, but he has virtually changed his entire act to reflect on all of the madness that is happening from both sides of the political fence. Lake Tahoe’s listening audience is also treated to “A Burst of Durst” every Friday when he gets the last word on my morning radio show. He will perform this week with Larry “Bubbles” Brown at the Improv at Harveys.

Durst is a five-time Emmy nominee and recipient of seven consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. He was the first comic ever invited to perform at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was additionally the first American to be nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his one-man show, “You Can’t Make Stuff Up Like This.”

It should be noted that Durst ran for mayor of San Francisco, taking no PAC funding. He placed fourth out of 11, spending a total of $1,200 and getting two percent of the vote. Speaking of San Francisco mayors, Durst had a radio show with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. The show was called, “Will & Willie,” and it’s one of the funniest and seriously entertaining programs ever.

The cool thing about Durst is that he knows how to reinvent himself. He’s written several very successful one-man shows — his latest is called, “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG!” It pokes fun of the Boomer Generation.

I think it’s Durst’s down-to-earth roots that were harvested from his home state of Wisconsin that makes him so accessible. He has way too many credits to list from television shows to coast-to-coast radio commentary and print credits from well-respected publications such as The New York Times, which called him “quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today.” The Los Angeles Times called him, “A modern day Will Rogers;” The San Francisco Examiner stated that he’s “the heir apparent to Mort Sahl and Dick Gregory;” while The Chicago Tribune hailed Durst as a “hysterical hybrid of Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Osgood.”

LARRY ‘BUBBLES’ BROWN

Performing with fellow Bay Area funny man Will Durst is Mr. Excitement himself, Larry “Bubbles” Brown. He got his nickname years ago when he was sharing a hot tub with comedian Paula Poundstone; she commented that he was like bubbles and it stuck. “Bubbles” is what we call a comic’s comic, which means other comics laugh at his stuff even if civilians don’t. He is so well liked in the comedy world that big-name acts such as Dana Carvey and the late Robin Williams request to use him as their opening act.

Larry is an acquired taste and I remind people who have low self-esteem or feel that there’s no hope left to come see his show. Nothing makes one feel more uplifted then seeing a “Bubbles” show. In all seriousness he’s one of the first comics to volunteer whenever there’s a charity event that involves another comedian. I remember booking him (along with five other comedians) for a benefit show and literally two nights later he was booked on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He really has this great, self-deprecating humor about himself that isn’t fake.

When not doing television shows or the occasional benefit, Larry does movies such as “The Kite Runner” and filmmaker Roger Nygard’s movie, “Suckers.” He’s also in the documentary, “3 Still Standing,” which chronicles the career of three Bay Area comics, including Johnny Steele and Will Durst.

Howie Nave is the MC at the Improv at Harveys. The comedy club is inside Harveys Lake Tahoe. Shows begin at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and tickets are $25 plus fees, except Saturdays. Tickets are $30 on Saturdays. The Improv is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays. Must be 21 or older to attend. More information is available by calling 775-586-6266.


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