Chris Durant

Chris Durant has worked at not working for decades. He has held roughly 100 jobs through his employment career, from a driving range ball picker upper to a door to door film salesman. He started his first magazine, Mean Spirited Willie, in Sacramento around 1997. Since then he has been the publisher of Slow Kids Playing, First Draft, Notes From an American Nobody, Fat Llama Spit and Short Bus Magazine. Durant and co-founder Sarah Godlin created Savage Henry after he was shoved aside as the editor of his local daily newspaper’s entertainment magazine. In the early meetings Durant's wife, Monica, and another writer for Northern Lights, Josh Duke, laid down the groundwork for what the magazine has evolved into. Durant writes, edits, sells ads, manages ad clients and delivers the magazine as well as books stand-up comedians for Savage Henry's monthly comedy shows and its annual Savage Henry Magazine Comedy Festival (formerly SHITS and Giggles Comedy Festival). He also co-produces and co-hosts the magazine's weekly podcast, the Savage Henry Magazine Radio Program. He lives in McKinleyville, California with his wife, three of his children, two dogs, two cats and his Playstation 3.

Dum Dum Suckers

Banks get a bad rap. Sure, some bankers have taken advantage of the poor and stolen from their customers, but generally speaking, banks ain’t so bad. Perfect example: free Dum Dum suckers at the clerk windows. Just right there, free, all the flavors of Dum Dum suckers for you to sample.  It’s a perfect example how banks respect their customers. Touching …

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Comedy Juggernaut – The Zeke Herrera Interview

He’s only been at it three years, but you’d be hard pressed to find a comedian who works harder than Zeke Herrera. The Humboldt native is now living in Denver and is telling jokes, running shows, and slanging mags. Not only is he a stand up comedian, he is also the Denver bureau chief for Savage Henry Magazine. We recently …

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Sam the Butcher’s Favorite Cuts of Meat

Hi. When Alice comes into my shop to buy the meat for that Brady family, who work her like a damn Filipino I saw in those sweatshops when I was liberatin’ Manila back in the old WWII, I want her to get the best cuts of meat. I mean, if I can be frank…Ha! I’m not Frank…I’m Sam! But seriously, …

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The Rules of Craps

Craps is one of the games with the best odds for the players. But it’s really damn confusing with “pass” and “come” and “the horn” and numbers everywhere… what does it all mean? Well, I’m here to simplify it and hopefully keep you from your money down on junk bets. My dad would tell me “That’s how they build casinos,” …

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THC-Span

Chris Durant and Zeke Herrera, staff It was only a matter of time with legalization and medicinal marijuana becoming available in more states that there would be a basic cable channel totally devoted to pot coverage. Low and behold THC-Span, and their debut schedule. 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Steve Makes Breakfast. What’s for breakfast? Ask Steve! 10-ish to noon: …

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Hillbilly Translations

Hillbillies, rednecks and yokels all have a colorful way of speaking that lends them the charm we all recognize as one of their most popular traits. Think Andy Taylor or David Duke. Down homesy sayings that sound quaint as fuck, but you can never figure out what they really mean. Well, I’m fluent in hillbilly, so let me translate a …

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Films with Real Ghosts in Them

Most of us probably know the story of the ghost boy that appears briefly in the background during a scene in 1987’s laugh-a-minute Three Men and a Baby. As the story goes, the film was shot in a house where, just five years before, a 9-year-old boy died in a shotgun accident. But that’s not the only motion picture where …

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The Original Party Animal

We first met Spuds MacKenzie in a Budweiser ad during Superbowl XXI in 1987. Almost immediately after that first commercial aired, Spuds MacKenzie was rocketed to the top of the marketing world, becoming the most desired, known and loved mascot for any product. He knocked the Where’s the Beef? lady off the charts and Mr. Whipple wasn’t squeezing anything after …

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Wrestling Moves Banned For Historical Insensitivity

Everyone’s heard of the headlock and the suplex and even the pile driver … classic wrestling moves. But since the dawn of the, ummmmm … sport (?) professional wrestlers have let their creative side out when naming their signature moves, and sometimes this gets them in some politically incorrect trouble. Here are some of the old moves that created controversy …

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Restaurant Review – Mean Gene’s Burgers

On a lonesome stretch of I-5 in California,  just south of Anderson and north of Red Bluff, lies the sleepy little hamlet of Cottonwood. Most just fly by at 70 miles per hour and don’t even notice this place. That was the case one summer day back in the early 2000s as I sped toward Sacramento after conquering the switchbacks of …

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