“Peals of laughter, collective groans (at bad puns) and the requisite oohs and aahs (for the big hairy tricks) fill the room. And observing from the sidelines is Timothy Daniel Furst, a bemused middle-aged gentleman with droopy gray whiskers and a dark beret. His quiet demeanor belies the fact that he's spent most of his life cultivating the creative mayhem and derring-do that are much in evidence at the Moisture Festival of Comedy/Varietè.” Stanford Magazine March/April 2011.
The impresario with the acrobalancing team of Jason Williams and Evelyn Bittner, the clown/mime persona known as Godfrey Daniels and tap dancer Rhonda Sable. Photo: Hayley Young
Of course we all know Tim Furst is a really remarkable person, so it figures that he is also a class of 73 Stanford University graduate. Tim was and is one of the moving forces behind the creation and success of the Moisture Festival. He was there in the beginning and he’s still here now. He still performs, but mostly he can be found working diligently behind the scenes in the front office handling the festival’s finances, booking our performers, directing the technical crew, running the light booth and doing whatever is necessary to make the Moisture Festival happen.
I don’t know about you but when I think of Stanford University grads I’m not usually thinking comedy varietè performers, or vaudeville show impresarios. Tim’s life has been dedicated to performing and involvement in the promotion of the resurgence of the genre of vaudeville. Tim also spent a large portion of his life as one of the original Flying Karamazov Brothers. Stanford Magazine covers Tim’s unique life journey in a story that’s in the current issue of Stanford Magazine.