With one nonstop joke after the other, Will Durst has us roaring in the aisles with big, galumphing belly laughs most of the way through the show. His take-offs on every Republican and Democrat in the primary and debate process helps us recall the scope of the idiocy through which we have been living. Perhaps our favorite Durst line actually belonged to George Bush: "The trouble with the French is they have no word for entrepreneur." And "The American people love the Home Shopping Network because it is commercial free."
And let's not forget Carly Fiorina. Durst says "It took Carly one week to do to the Cruz campaign what it took her years to do to Hewlett Packard."
All very funny. And then we come to Trump, Sanders and Clinton. And it doesn't feel funny anymore. The lines are still good, their mishaps and foibles easy fodder for a comedian of Durst's abilities. But I don't feel like laughing at Donald Trump's women. I don't think Hillary Clinton's email troubles are even real, let alone worth joking about. And Bernie Sanders fills me with fear, because I think he wants to put a bazooka through the whole piñata. None of these people strike me as funny.
So if you take things the least bit seriously, you may have a little trouble with Elect to Laugh 2016. It never seemed so bad when we all laughed at Mitt Romney and Obama. Or John Kerry and George Bush. This year, I don't know.
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Will Durst: Elect to Laugh 2016
1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tuesdays 8pm ONLY
EXTENDED Through July 26
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