Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Will Durst: Boomeraging from LSD to OMG, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
Ok, people what are you THINKING? Every day in the Gilded Balloon there is the chance to see one of the best stand-up comics to come out of America. OK, he might be knocking on a bit, but aren’t we all? In fact, that is the very crux of the show – and the show is vintage Durst. So where were you? Wherever you were I doubt you were enjoying the kind of smart, classy, quality comic observations on everyone from Baby Boomers to Millennials (I didn’t know that’s what you call people born between 1984 and 2002, but that is the kind of info you get here, in between the laughs) that I was.
Will Durst is older than Alec Guinness was when he played Obi-Wan Kenobi for the first time. He reached puberty in the 1960s and you don’t get luckier than that. Now he is in his sixties and he is still feeling lucky. In this hour he shares some of his luck with us – from “back in the day” through his disappointment with the way science has failed us on the labour-saving devices front, to password hell and his quest to redefine the wrinkly.
Fellow Baby Boomers will come out in a haze of happiness and pride. Durst’s plans for them as they reach out for their bus passes and ticket concessions will have you punching the air. Kids will leave Durst’s show developing serious age-envy and will definitely think twice about that tattoo. Everyone will be thrilled by the display of mastery of the art and craft of stand-up comedy that they have enjoyed. So get in to see this show. He is not getting any younger.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015
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