Today’s the first day of the 2013 Bentzen Ball, a collection of awesome comedy shows all over DC that feature some of the nation’s greatest comedic minds. This year’s set of shows is curated by the amazing Tig Notaro – she of the amazing set last year about cancer that broke all of comedy’s rules – and the slate is nothing short of masterful. Tonight’s opening show at 9:30 Club headlines with Notaro, and she’s joined by Doug Benson (Last Comic Standing), Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Heather Lawless (Flight of the Conchords), and one of my favorite locals, Brandon Wetherbee to kick things off, and the rest of the weekend is just as awesome.
Of all the days of the festival, though, Saturday’s lineup is nothing short of astonishing. I don’t think DC will ever have been as funny to the world as it will be Saturday, with big shows at the Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theatre, and U Street Music Hall. There’s an Improv show, a comedy music revue and a straight up comedy battle, all with price tags under $25 a piece. These are shows featuring Rachel Dratch, Garfunkel & Oates, Christylez Bacon, Nancy & Beth (with Megan Mullally), Nick Kroll (The League), DC’s favorite Seaton Smith, and tons more.
When I first saw the lineup, I couldn’t believe that they’d gotten all these folks to come, but more than that, where are you going to find such a diverse crowd of comedians? This isn’t some Andrew Dice Clay misogynist’s gallery, this is a group of amazing funny people in one place, so get your laugh on, folks.
We’re going to get one lucky winner a pair of all access passes to ALL of Saturday’s shows. Why?
Because we love you. And DC. And Laughing. Because we could all use a laugh about now.
So, here’s how it works:
Just leave a comment below using your REAL email address. Why the real one? Well, because we can’t contact you if you give us a fake one. You’ve got til midnight tonight (Thursday) to put your name in the hat and we’ll notify a winner on Friday morning and sort out all the details.
As always, your mileage may vary, no purchase necessary, void where prohibited, actual object is closer than it appears.
I had such high hopes but this fest was awful. Almost no local comics. Rain. Bad shows. Bad attitude on the creators. No celebrities. I was told that Amy Shumer was coming. That fell through apparently. I wish I could get my money back.