The Naked Stand-up. “I’m a lot of fun naked, but the lights have to be out.”
Comic’s comic Warren Durso talks a mean streak in this May’s Esquire. Astute readers might deduce that his quotes came easily. Coaxing Durso to put his full monty where his mouth is and reveal himself for the camera, lights on - well, that turned out to be harder than one would expect.
In fact, the New York-born comedian is hardly a virgin to the concept. A recent twisted video at comedy’s vaunted viral outlet, Funny Or Die, features a disturbing dose of Durso’s unfettered flesh. Yet he at first resisted the idea of posing nude for Esquire, especially after he learned the shoot would be conducted without any makeup or hair stylist.
Durso communicated concern over the perceived shortcomings that are ever magnified when you’re still struggling at 50-something to make it in showbiz. How will I look attractive at all, he asked DF photographer Donald Graham. With the acumen and experience to produce the perfect shot for the job, Donald told him that this wasn’t a story about what is attractive - this is about what’s real.
Read Mike Sager’s profile on Warren Durso, “Ugly: It’s just harder if you’re a little short, heavy, and misshapen in this world,” in Esquire.
See some of Donald Graham’s most attractive work here and here.