Will Durst & Swami Beyondananda
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 door
Lagunitas School Multipurpose Room
1 Lagunitas School Rd, San Geronimo (around the corner from SGVCC)
Where There’s a Will . . . There’s a Swami
An Evening of “Inciteful” Comedy with Political Pundit Will Durst and Cosmic Comic Punned-It Swami Beyondananda
Serious times call for serious laughter, so this year we’ve lined up two heavy hitters to help you laugh yourselves
silly . . . and sane.
Join Will Durst and Swami Beyondananda for a fun-filled, pun-filled evening including a final set where they take questions from the audience together.
The New York Times has called Will Durst, “quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today.” He writes a nationally syndicated humor column and is a frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC & Fox News. Although receiving 5 Emmy nominations and 7 consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year, he’s never won anything, not even a toaster. His first book, “The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing” was derived from his hit Off- Broadway one- man show of the same name and another book was made out of his 2012 one- man show “Elect to Laugh” which ran for 41 weeks in San Francisco.
Currently he is performing his “Dr. Durst’s Easy- to- Follow 10- Step Guide to Overcoming PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder,” in theaters across the nation and world. He is also one of the titular characters in the new documentary “3 Still Standing” premiering on Amazon Prime in 2017. His 800+ television appearances include: HBO, The Today Show, Letterman, Inside Politics, GMA, Jon Stewart Show, Showtime, Comedy Central, CBS Morning News and many more. Durst has told jokes in 16 countries, is author of 4 books and 5 CDs, has been fired by the San Francisco Examiner twice, by PBS three times and once ran for Mayor of San Francisco, spending $1200, pulling 2% of the vote, meaning on a dollar per vote basis, he is mayor of San Francisco. His heroes remain the same as when he was 12 . . . Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny. And despite blistering reproach he continues to thwart convention by squeezing ketchup onto his bratwurst.
Swami Beyondananda is the cosmic comic alter ego of writer, humorist, performer and uncommontator Steve Bhaerman. The Swami, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, is the spokesperson for a new non-religion, FUNdamentalism (accent on “fun”). Says the Swami, “We are strictly non-dominational.” Noted author Marianne Williamson has called the Swami “the Mark Twain of our times” because he’s not only a wiseguy, he’s a wise man.
In the course of more than twenty-five years of purveying cosmic comedy and healing laughter, Swami has had a successful, long-running monthly column, Ask The Swami, has written many books (Driving Your Own Karma … When You See A Sacred Cow, Milk It for All It’s Worth … Duck Soup for the Soul … Swami for Precedent: A Seven-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction), and produced a half a dozen comedy cassettes (sorry, not available on 8-track) and CDs.
He has been on stage with the great sages of the past quarter century, and even performed for Swami Satchidananda’s 80th birthday party in 1994, along with Hollywood celebs and international recording artists. He has gained a reputation for being both pointed and compassionate (his comedy has been called “irreverently uplifting”), and over the past decade, his comedy has become more political. (“I know,” Swami says, “that many people don’t want to go there. But there has already come here.”)
In recent years, the Swami has performed at numerous political events, including the Transpartisan Alliance Citizens Summit, the Network of Spiritual Progressives Conference, the Department of Peace Conference, the Praxis Peace Institute Economics of Peace Conference, to name a few.
Swami’s latest venture is to combine his non-religion of FUNdamentalism with the non-politics of the newly-formed Right to Laugh Party (“one big party … everyone is invited”), to create one big evolutionary up-wising to overgrow the current dysfunctional system. He will also be launching his radio feature, Karma Talk this year — to give folks from all over the world to ask the Swami answerable questions, and receive his questionable answers.