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Will Kristen Stewart’s Tacky cheating episode land her in the top?

It’s that time of year again, when we ask readers to select the entertainment celebrities most deserving of our annual Beck/Smith Hollywood Tacky Taste Awards.  This year marks the 35th such cavalcade of the crass, the churlish and the contemptible, and obviously, you will have no shortage of candidates for Tackiest Celebrity in 2012.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his memoir that capitalized on his own tacky and embarrassing  behavior, is bound to get some attention.  So is Kristen Stewart for cheating on Robert Pattinson – and Chris Brown for cheating on Rihanna, right on the heels of the unwise rekindling of their rocky romance.  It was a year when the showing of more skin than intended made for the strangest of celebrity groupings: the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and…Hulk Hogan?  The sad spectacle of Lance Armstrong’s fall from hero status may elicit some Tacky votes.  And no doubt various tacky types at the forefront of politics this election year will, too.   We’re sure that, as always, readers will remember many more.

Tell us who’s your choice for Tackiest and why – by writing to stacy@becksmithhollywood.com, or by dropping us a note in the comments area of this post.  The winners, if you can call them that, will be announced Thanksgiving week.

SPEAKING OF POLITICS:  “It’s hard to find the funny sometimes.  You get so upset,” admits political humorist Will Durst, who’s been keeping crowds laughing throughout the run-up to next month’s election.  “You just have to plumb deeper.”

Durst, whose writings include his Elect to Laugh! A Hilarious, Common Sense Guide to American Politics book, his syndicated column, and his pieces on Huffington Post and elsewhere, takes jabs at Republicans and Democrats – and performs before audiences of both persuasions.  “I do theater shows and corporates, and they’re two different crowds, but they laugh at both sides,” he tells us.  He’s received his share of angry emails.  However, he notes, “The only real trouble I’ve had is with the true believers – Orange County and Berkeley.”

Durst cites an anecdote that he used in his book, recalling an occasion when Abraham Lincoln told a joke – and a woman approached him to complain.  “Madam,” he reportedly said, “we all laugh in order not to cry.”

Will Durst: Laugh the Vote

While many voters across the land shake their heads over the look of the political landscape this election year, comedian Will Durst is having a field day.  He considers this the most fertile election year ever for comedy.  “It’s the longest, and for some reason, everybody’s had a shot at the brass ring.  All the Republicans have had their time in the sun.  It used to be frontrunners in the primaries, and then there were people nobody had heard of at all…audiences wouldn’t have a clue

who I was talking about.  But this year, we’ve had Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry…There were some who weren’t even running — Chris Christie.  For me, comedy is all about shared references, so when the audiences know who I’m talking about, that’s just wonderful.”

            And, he adds, gleefully, “There’s so much to come. There are many bouquets of deliciousness between now and election day — the conventions, the ad campaigns the money and the charges.”  Asked who can be counted upon for a laugh in days ahead, Durst replies, “Mitt Romney, for all of his – he looks great – but he always stumbles.  I think he has electile (sic) dysfunction, I really do.”  Ba-dum-pum!  “They keep saying the primary campaign is going to make him a tougher candidate but the only thing he’s been doing for five year is running for President.   I don’t think there’s any more bending in him.”

            Not surprisingly, the acclaimed political satirist has a crowded roster of dates ahead.  “I’m like an Olympic athlete with a career every four years for a month, so, yeah, I’m going to D.C. in May and I also do a one-man show inSan Francisco every Tuesday.  That way I can get all the material out.  Some of it’s very ephemeral, it only lasts a week a two.”