Back in 2009, Brightest Young Things (BYT) and Tig Notaro created one of the most epic (and wildly entertaining) cultural events to ever grace the District: The Bentzen Ball comedy festival. The Ball brought together some of the greatest comedians and comics in the country for three days of entertainment, hilarity, and all around merry-making. Despite the event’s incredible success that year, BYT’s rapid growth and Notaro’s news of a troubling cancer diagnosis left the festival on hiatus for the past four years. Luckily for comedy lovers in the city, it looks as if the stars have aligned perfectly: Notaro’s breast cancer has thankfully gone into remission, and BYT is finally ready to spearhead organizing the Bentzen Ball for 2013.
The current dates for the Bentzen Ball’s comeback to D.C. is October 10th through the 13th, and the festival is already slated to feature some amazing artists such as Ira Glass, Doug Benson, Nick Kroll, Garfunkel and Oates, Moshe Kasher, Megan Mullally, Brody Stevens, Kate Flannery, John Mulaney, Sara Schaefer, Everything is Terrible, Wyatt Cenac, John Dore and Brooke Van Poppelen, and a slew of other comics who are still to be announced.
As far as registration goes, you can purchase tickets to the festival’s opening show at the 9:30 Club, which will feature Tig Notaro, Doug Benson, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Dore, Everything is Terrible, and other artists to be announced. Tickets to the closing show at the Lincoln Theater are also open, and will feature Ira Glass (NPR, This American Life, etc).
Everybody in D.C. should be pretty amped about the return of Bentzen, especially since its inaugural debut back in 2009 was a complete blowout. For more information on the Bentzen Ball festival, dates, and artists, be sure to continuously check out BYT’s site.