Bay Area comic Will Durst was born in 1952, making him a card-carrying member of the baby boom generation. And yes, he really does carry a card.
“I do,” he says with a wry laugh. “I’m now officially old enough to have had my AARP card for 12 years.”
Durst has a new one-man-show, BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG, that’s coming to Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater next week. “A few years ago, I was doing this really funny one-man-show about the upcoming 2012 election,” says Durst, one of the Bay Area’s best-known comics and political satirists. “It was called ‘Elect to Laugh.’ It was a hit. And then the election happened, and it all evaporated.”
Durst wanted to create a show that wasn’t dependent on the instantaneous twists and turns of politics or the 24-hour news cycle. After some personal reflection, the 62-year-old veteran of comedy clubs and theaters decided to write a show about being a baby boomer.
“I am a baby boomer,” he says. “I will always be a baby boomer. That’s not going to change every four years. I decided to call it ‘BoomeRaging‘—and it’s very, very funny—and I also keep writing new political stuff, some of which works its way into the show, so I’m able to keep my hand in that, too.”
Durst says that, unlike the one-man-shows of fellow Bay Area comic Brian Copeland, BoomeRaging isn’t autobiographical.
“Everybody loves the autobiographical thing, but I don’t want to do that,” he says. “I really don’t care about me. I’m not that interesting. What BoomeRaging is, is my observations about being a boomer. I like to call it a celebration of the maturation of the boomer nation, a theatrical experience with stand-up timing, and not less than a modicum of poetry.”
Durst believes BoomeRaging contains some of the best material he’s written.
The show includes an inspired section where he finds himself waxing nostalgic. “I talk about the poor kids who will never be able to experience the taste of Green Stamps, or the joys of slamming down a phone in frustration,” he says. “There’s another section where I talk about how I no longer know where the nearest 24-hour-restaurant to my house is, but I have memorized the precise location of every public restroom within a two-mile radius.”
There’s even a happy ending.
“I explain the meaning of life,” he says. “It’s uplifting—and pretty hilarious.”
‘Boomer-aging’ runs Thursday, June 5 and Sunday, June 8 at Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Both shows 8:00 p.m. $20. 707.763.8920