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Good morning everyone! As you maybe (hopefully) know by now, Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival starts tomorrow, October 1st and goes on forever (well, till October 5th). You should probably go to all of it (and definitely at least some of it). We have some of the most exciting names working in comedy in 2014 attending: Tig Notaro, Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Kyle Kinane, Kate Berlant, Retta, Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman, Rob Coddry, Todd Barry (check out the full schedule here)… AND THAT’S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.

Joining these heavies will be the most awesome people whose names you may not know by heart (YET) but who work hard to make comedy magic happen every night. In preparation for the festival we traveled to shows in DC, Baltimore and NY to catch them as they prepare and asked them for what their pre-stage rituals and thoughts are.

The results, much like all the best comedy, are heartbreaking, hilarious, and never not on point.

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