all photos: Nicholas Karlin, Clarissa Villondo, Franz Mahr, portraits by Jeff Martin
Bentzen Ball kicked off last night with a very sold out 20 anniversary edition of Dr. Katz LIVE! and no wonder, just look at this goddamn line-up:
We’ll let you enjoy the photos below (backstage, sidestage, after-stage and whatnot snaps are included) but first some quick notes:
- Thank you all for coming!!!!
- You should all come ALL THE OTHER NIGHTS TOO (trust us, you don’t want to miss the freckled superstar guest tonight @ Lincoln)
- Thank you to all our amazing (and frankly, legendary) talent last night: Jonathan Katz, Tig Notaro (officially DC’s comedy BFF), Jim Gaffigan, Morgan Murphy, Janeane Garofalo and Stephanie Alynne (how adorable was that couple’s therapy with Tig)
- Thank you to Ben Kronberg for that sweet Periscope pre-show
- Thank you to Planned Parenthood for being our non-profit partner and for everything you do every day
- Thank you to Heineken for presenting all our Lincoln shows and keeping the dream alive (don’t forget: it is permanent Heineken happy hour at Ben’s Next Door if you show your Bentzen ticket)
- thank you to Nando’s and Jameson and W Hotel DC for sponsoring the festival and keeping us well fed, well rested and well imbibed
- Thank you to Moleskine for being our official notebook provider for 2nd year running, keep an eye on social for some very special festival content from them
- Thank you to Absolut Elyx for hosting last night’s talent after-hours hang
- Follow us on follow us on FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM and use #BentzenBall and #BYThings ALL THE TIME.
- Thank you thank you thank you
first up, some fun backstage portraits by Jeff:
then, some great coverage by Franz, Clarissa and Nick:
then, onto afterparty times:
SEE YOU ALL ALL WEEKEND, RIGHT?
The Awesome 2015 BYT Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival Non-Profit Partner:
The Awesome 2015 BYT Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival Sponsor:
The Awesome 2015 BYT Bentzen Ball Hotel Partner:
The Awesome 2015 BYT Bentzen Ball Friends: