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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:

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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:

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then, onto afterparty times:

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SEE YOU ALL ALL WEEKEND, RIGHT?

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