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We may consider Will Durst to be our premier official political comedian—”of the 2000 Olympics,” he adds, explaining, “It’s not true, but it’s legally accurate.” Durst earns his living by making such distinctions. While his observations about the democratic process may occasionally lack legal authority, they generally contain more truth than most of what appears in the public discourse—even on MSNBC. “I’m the people’s mouthpiece,” he says. “I translate the hyperbole. My gig is to be irreverent.” His irreverence is an almost knee-jerk reaction to current headlines, and Durst feels no obligation to sugarcoat his response. “I’m not good for boosting morale,” he says. “I’m good for bringing it down.” A “debriefer” for infoholics, he’s happy pointing out the “many moral dilemmas” that would otherwise be missed in the media tornado created by official spin. Durst says he finds D.C. “exhilarating….I get marble poisoning. I check out all the monuments, including Strom Thurmond.” Bah-da-boom. But seriously, folks, Durst speaks excitedly of attending the impeachment hearings last January. Still high on the spectacle, he wants Congress to “impeach everybody. It keeps them from passing any legislation.” But Durst brings his impishly caustic insights to pop culture as well as politics, offering perhaps the most cogent comment of the whole excessive JFK Jr. affair: “When there’s an airport named after your father, use it!” The comedian adds softly, “It’s been seven days—I can do jokes.” Durst does his many jokes at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday, and 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from Tuesday, Aug. 3, to Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12-$15. (202) 296-7008. (Dave Nuttycombe)