Popularity Contest: BYT’s Most Clicked On Stories Of 2012
svetlana | Dec 27, 2012 | 2:15PM |
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Ah, the VERY end of the year…. the time to take stock, join gyms, feverishly look for a NYE date and all sorts of other things, all of which usually smell of doom and imminent disappointment. So, to distract you from yourself, we have rounded up the dozen most popular articles that ran on BYT this year. Much like you and your reading tastes, they are as diverse and somewhat unexpected. And here they are, in descending order:

What types of questions can you ask dudes from metal bands that haven’t been asked before? Let’s be honest, at BYT we don’t care too much about the liver failure or the eight minute solo or the in-fighting. We live in DC, we want to know their party affiliations and their stance on the death penalty. So we sat down with Bill Kelliher and picked his brain about the one thing he doesn’t usually get asked about: his politics. The deer-in-the-headlights vibe we started out with soon gave way to an honest and reflective interview that he ended up saying was the most interesting he’s ever done. “Really good questions, man”, he said as he grabbed his guitar and walked out to a packed 9:30 club… READ ON:

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The BYT Bentzen Ball Presents: Jon Dore! at Drafthouse Comedy ~~MULTIPLE SHOWS~~ Thursday, Oct 27th, 2016 6:15pm doors / 7:00pm Show Friday, Oct 28th, 2016 7:15pm doors / 8:00pm Show Friday, Oct 28th, 2016 9:40pm doors / 10:00pm Show Saturday, Oct 29th, 2016 6:15pm doors / 7:00pm Show Saturday, Oct 29th, 2016 8:15pm doors / 9:00pm Show @ Drafthouse Comedy 1100 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 $25.00 tickets on sale now! This is an 18+ event. ~~~~ About Jon Dore: Named one of “10 comics to watch” by Variety, Ottawa-born comedian, host and actor Jon Dore is renowned for his offbeat humour and unique bait-and-switch style. Dore is a favourite on the comedy club and festival circuit in Canada and the United States. He has hosted the Just for Laughs Festival Homegrown Comedy Competition on a number of occasions and has enjoyed sold-out runs at the Festival’s Montreal and Toronto locations, at comedy festivals in Halifax, Vancouver, Portland and Washington, DC, and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. From his humble beginnings as the co-host of the cable talk show Daytime Ottawa (Rogers Television) and the irreverent roving reporter on Canadian Idol (CTV), Dore recently starred in the critically acclaimed ABC-TV series How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) opposite Sarah Chalke, Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett. Dore is the host of HBO Canada’s Funny as Hell, a series showcasing bold and uncensored comedy from the fastest rising comedians at the Just For Laughs Festival, currently shooting its fourth season. He is the star of his own award-winning ‘mockumentary’ series, The Jon Dore Television Show, documenting his hilarious and outrageous debates on life’s challenges and changes, from weight loss to gender. He also served as co-creator, co-producer and writer on the series, proving he is just as comfortable behind the camera. The series ran for a successful two seasons on IFC and The Comedy Network. Dore starred in the stand-up specials Comedy Central Presents...Jon Dore and Comedy Now! (CTV/The Comedy Network); appeared on a number Comedy Central’s specials including Live At Gotham, CC: Stand-Up: The Bonnaroo Experience and Mash Up; made guest-starring turns on How I Met Your Mother (CBS) and Scare Tactics (Syfy); and was the lead in the CBS pilot My Life As An Experiment. A regular on late night talk shows, Dore has the honor of being the first stand-up to appear on Conan (TBS). Dore's feature film credits include the indie drama Gus opposite Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III) and the comedy Stag, with Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Eva Amurri (Californication), which picked up two awards - Best Ensemble and Excellence in Filmmaking - at the LA Comedy Film Festival. TV Guide Canada called Dore one of the “rising stars of the future” and Toronto weekly NOW Magazine named him Best Male Stand-up. He is the recipient of four Canadian Comedy Awards including: Best Taped Live Performance (2010) for Just for Laughs; Best Performance by a Male in a Television Show (2009) for The Jon Dore Television Show; Best Writing on a Series (2008) for The Jon Dore Television Show; and Best Stand-up Newcomer (2006). He is also a two-time Gemini nominee (2008 & 2009) for Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for The Jon Dore Television Show. ~~~ Thanks to our sponsor: http://www.heineken.com/ More Bentzen Ball shows available at: http://www.bentzenball.com Stay informed: http://www.twitter.com/byt
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A brief preview of Doug Aitken’s SONG 1 installation made ALL OF YOU lose your minds with excitement. Plus, you know THIS SONG:

This review of a little seen Christian romance somehow earned an earnest retweet following among the fans of the film.

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Emily Wall, a DC style blogger (now in NYC-ed) caught our attention with her unique style philosophy: she managed to pare her closet down to just one tiny, perfectly edited rack. Add to that STUNNING photos by Jeff Martin and a great, insightful interview by Kate Greene, and no wonder people that cared about DC style flocked to this. READ MORE:

  • 8: REASONS TO VOTE: FREE STUFF WITH YOUR “I VOTED” STICKER

We actually had to take this one down and unpublish it because it kept crashing the site one time too many on election day

A simple, genius idea: a round up of completely unedited, are some heartfelt one-star Yelp reviews of DC’s finest institutions, from the White House to 930 club to Ben’s Chilli Bowl to National Gallery of Art. All of which were hilarious. READ MORE (the Komi one below was an instant classic):

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What can we say, you guys love to eat and drink outdoors.

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This play’s run actually ended in 2010, so I think we have google search and the popularity of words “vibrator play” to thank for this one.

Well, no surprises there, ya filthy animals.

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Back in the day, prior to ruling the BYT event empire with an iron fist (in a vibrating, glow-in-the-dark glove) Cale used to do A LOT of BYT interviews. We miss those days. AND THIS IS WHY (must read, please note full costume commitment below):

A surprisingly sweet interview with a porn vixen during BYT’s infamous PORN WEEK 2011, still getting plenty of google search love.

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and….. DRUMROLL PLEASE, THE WINNER IS:

In August, Complex posted their list of The 25 Douchiest Bars in DC and for the most part it was an inoffensive, agreeable list that inspired little but reaffirmation of stereotypes: Adams Morgan is a shithouse zoo, Georgetown is too preppy and too Republican, and oh-yeah-screw-hipsters. Every phylum of douche was enumerated and cut down: college, prep, hipster, sportsbro, rich kid, club head, intern, or basically anyone that wasn’t the author. We all felt comforted that everyone can be reduced to a character type and congratulated ourselves for being “complex,” special snowflakes, incapable of doing anything or frequenting any establishment that’s… that’s douchey, right?

So what makes a non-douchey bar? Ones that don’t sponsor 7 kickball teams or have an iPod port in place of a DJ, ones that DO have staff that are chill and rarely on edge or too affected with enthusiasm. ‘The less remixed top 40 the better’ is a maxim passed down from the time of my great, great, great grandfather.

Everyone has their own idea of a douchestination, no doubt with terms narrower than my own. And no matter what bars we come up with, I’m sure there would be at least five eager volunteers to tell us why we’re wrong. That said, we think we have 25 good counterpoints (ALSO-COMMENTS ARE A MUST READ):

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Feel free to revisit these and also… let us know in the comments what SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BYT STORIES OF 2012 WERE, and try and ramp that traffic up for them.

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