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For political satirist Will Durst, the challenge is always to find the funny in our leadership. He's had a lot to work with lately, especially in the wake of the failed legislation on gun-purchase background checks. "Favored by 90 percent of Americans; voted down by 90 percent of Republicans," he observes. "It just proves their masters aren't the American people, it's the National Rifle Association. They're just little hookers on the street." After the presidential election he had to revamp his set, which wasn't easy. No longer were folks interested in jokes about Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann, though he says bits about the latter might still work here. "She's got her own agenda, and she doesn't let the truth get in her way. You have to admire that kind of tenacity," he laughs. But overall, the campaign wore him down. "It was exhausting," he says. "I don't think I read a newspaper in December." And while he's happy as an American that Obama won, as a comedian he laments Romney's defeat. "Obama is not a rich vein of comedy material," he says. "Romney was wonderful: the cloned boys, the wife who competed in equestrian events, the fact that he accused Obama of engaging in class warfare when he's worth a billion dollars." Still, he manages to seek out the silly and the absurd, and not all of it is political. "Everyone was upset that IKEA had horse meat in their meatballs," he observes. "But maybe we shouldn't look to Swedish furniture manufacturers for our nutritional needs." 18+. (Photo by Pat Johnson)
May 2-4, 8 p.m.; May 3-4, 10:30 p.m., 2013