Where There’s a Will!

by admin on May 30, 2011

Will Durst is a great American treasure. One of the funniest men around and easily the best political comedian in the US – although to be fair that’s like saying Mitt Romney is the best Mormon running for President, it’s a very limited field. Durst describes his material as “comedy for people who read, or know someone who does.” Sometimes that seems like an awfully narrow group of people, but fortunately there are still enough of us out there to help him make a living.

Here’s a sample of some of his stuff:

Will Durst doesn't pull his punches

“The Clintons got $20 million for their autobiographies. Seems like a lot of money for the memoirs of 2 people who for 8 years testified under oath, they couldn’t remember a single thing.”

“The reason the Democrats are so intent on passing a stem-cell bill is they’re depending on the research to grow themselves a spine.”

“Bush isn’t dumb, he’s just a Wheel of Fortune President in a Jeopardy world.”

But the thing I like about Durst is not just that he has a razor sharp wit and keen insight into the absurdity of politics, it’s that he’s also a really good writer. I realized that when I read this description – from his regular column at SFGate – about Memorial Day and the start of summer. It’s almost poetry. Damn it, it is poetry.

Most importantly, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the flesh- charring season. Our own at the beach eating al fresco for the first time all year and those many brave slow mammals on a freshly scrubbed Weber who gave their lives in order for us to raise our cholesterol levels to heights where sherpas fear to tread.

This is a time for fireworks and pie and tires swinging on ropes over rivers and roasted marshmallows and ice cream on sticks that melt down your hand all the way to the elbow. And golf and corn and hiking and lemonade and thunderstorms and baseball broadcasts on am radio and spending a week in the middle of August jammed in the back of a station wagon with no air conditioning, an incontinent 18 year old basset hound and a leaking Coleman cooler.

So this Memorial Day, take some time to remember those who gave their lives so that we could live ours, and so that people like Will Durst can stand up in public and criticize the President, any President, and not be shot or jailed or reviled for it. We have a lot to be grateful for.

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