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October 1st

Bentzen Ball Opening Night: Dr. Katz Live @ Lincoln Theatre (SOLD OUT)

Fear not! You can catch Tig, Janeane Garofalo, and Morgan Murphy all over the festival on other nights. Get tix here!


Jimmy Tatro @ DC Improv

A YouTube personality. (BYT)

Brandon T. Jackson @ Baltimore Comedy Factory (Oct. 1-3)

He was in the Percy Jackson movies. His last name is also Jackson. COINCIDENCE MAYBE. (BYT)

October 2nd

The Bentzen Ball: Not Funny – True Tales of the Hilariously Tragic @ The Howard Theatre


The Bentzen Ball & Planned Parenthood: Bosom Buddies Mmmystery Show @ Lincoln Theatre


You, Me, Them, Everybody Live: Bentzen Ball Edition @ Wonderland Ballroom


Earthquake @ DC Improv (Oct. 2-4)

When he was born right here in Washington, he was called Nathaniel Stroman. Now, the world knows him as Earthquake. True to that name, he knows how to shake things up. Dressed to the nines, Quake has taken command of stages all over the country. He’s been a headliner on major stand-up tours (Laffapalooza, Shaq’s All-Stars, the Royal Tour) and a television star – he was Uncle Mike on “Everybody Hates Chris.” And more than two decades into the game, he still takes care of his fans by touring comedy clubs. We’ve got him back in his hometown to kick off October. (DC Improv)

Bonus: This video is 4 minutes and 20 seconds long

Joe Zimmerman @ The Big Hunt (Oct. 2 & 3)

Joe has appeared on Last Comic Standing, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Nickelodeon, and has recorded his own Comedy Central Half Hour Special. He was also chosen as one of the New Faces at Just For Laughs Montreal, where he was positively reviewed by the The Spit Take and Time Out NY. In 2014, he recorded his debut album, Smiling at Wolves which reached #2 on iTunes, and Buzzfeed named him a “Comedian you should be paying attention to,” saying “The combination of Joe’s calming vocalization and inventive writing is a thing of magic.” Praised for an accessible style pairing absurdism with observational and autobiographical material, Joe is an original member of the Beards of Comedy, who toured from 2008-2012 and released two albums: Cardio Mix and Comedy For People. (Underground Comedy)

An Evening of Humorous Readings @ DC9

Jon Wolper (GQ, McSweeney’s, Splitsider)
John Carroll (Splitsider, Defenestration Magazine, The Critics Agree!)
Carolyn Parkhurst (The New Yorker, The Rumpus)

Be there. Don’t fight your heart on this one. Invite your friends! (FB)

$5 Local Comedy Showcase @ The Town Tavern as part of Last Resort Comedy

Local comics! It used to be $3 but they’re $2 better now. (BYT)

October 3rd

The Bentzen Ball: Seven Minutes in Purgatory @ The DC Improv

This show is so fucking weird you do not want to miss it. BRETT GELMAN IS ON THIS SHOW.


The Bentzen Ball: Blaria LIVE! with Jessica Williams (The Daily Show) & Phoebe Robinson (Conan) @ Lincoln Theatre


The Bentzen Ball: Show of No Return @ Lincoln Theatre

Tim Heidecker of Tim & Eric and Brett Gelman of Another Period/Bored to Death/Adult Swim plus Wham City Comedy (Baltimore/Adult Swim) are going to wrap their weird comedy arms around your heart and squeeze until you burst. Do. Not. Miss.


October 4th

The Bentzen Ball: Closing Ceremonies – The Most Very Specialist Evening w/ Tig Notaro @ Lincoln Theatre (SOLD OUT)

Don’t despair, you can catch Tig all over the festival on other days. Buy other tix here!


October 6th

Liz Miele @ Bier Baron Tavern part of Last Resort Comedy

Liz is an NYC comic who has been everywhere and done nearly everything a comic can do, and then some. To get a little Liz in your life check out this show and order her debut comedy album “Emotionally Exhausting” on iTunes and Amazon. (BYT)

October 8th

Steve Byrne @ DC Improv (Oct. 8-11)

Suit up! Steve is a crowd favorite, bringing a positive vibe, tons of energy, and a classy looking outfit to every performance. For three seasons, he starred in “Sullivan and Son” on TBS – a show loosely built around his upbringing as an Irish-Korean living in Pittsburgh. He has also produced three hour-long comedy specials, the latest of which debuted on Netflix in 2014. Steve’s act has evolved right along with Steve – the party stories are mixed in with new material about family. And it’s all great. (DC Improv)

October 9th

Margaret Cho – The Psycho Tour @ The Warner Theater

Fo’ Cho (BYT)

Comedy School Showcase @ DC Improv Lounge

Graduates of our stand-up comedy class return to the Improv for a night of laughs. Hosted by Pat Riley, and featuring Jon Chesebro, Cyndy Bragg, Brandon Ross, Katherine Jessup, Steve Force and Prithvi Acharya. (DC Improv)

Church Night @ The Black Cat Backstage

Comedy from Andrew Bucket and Ruth Rasby. Burlesque from Cherie Nuit. Music from BRNDA.

Gary Vider @ The Big Hunt (Oct. 9 & 10)

Gary Vider is a New York City based comedian currently on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent. In 2014, Gary made his stand up TV debut on Conan. His jokes have been published in the New York Times and Time Out NY Magazine. He was named a “Comic to Watch” by Esquire and was the winner of the 2014 Carolines on Broadway March Madness competition where he beat out 63 of the best young comedians. He has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, and Boston Comedy Festival. (Underground Comedy)

October 15th

Nikki Glaser @ DC Improv (Oct 15-18)

Have you ever watched batting practice before a major league baseball game? There’s something awesome about watching a power hitter crush dozens of homers in a row. Nikki tapes a one-hour special for Comedy Central in November, so these shows are kind of like batting practice – and we’re guessing she’s gonna crush it. Nikki is honest and fearless in her comedy, across all platforms. She’s a Twitter sensation, a former MTV talk show host, a podcaster, a writer, and much more. Come see one of the true rising stars of comedy make her DC Improv debut! (DC Improv)


October 16th

DC Science Comedy: Yoram Bauman @ DC Improv Lounge

DC Science Comedy recruits veteran storytellers, hilarious local and professional comedians, NYTimes best-selling authors, doctors, and science writers to provide you the best intellectual and brainy comedy in the area. Past show headliners have included comedians on Comedy Central, The Food Network, Fox, The Science Channel, Conan, and Last Comic Standing. Follow DC Science Comedy on Facebook and Twitter for learn about the latest events and watch videos from past shows. Join the DC Science Comedy email list to know about the events first so you can buy tickets before they sell out! (DC Improv)

Bengt Washburn @ The Big Hunt (Oct. 16 & 17)

Bengt has performed all over the world. He has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and most recently Conan on TBS. He is a former winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He’s been heard on NPR, PRI, and Bob and Tom. All three of his comedy Cd’s can be heard playing on SiriusXM radio. (Underground Comedy)

October 17th

Aparna Nancherla @ Bier Baron Tavern part of Last Resort Comedy

Twice over Bentzen Ball alum (and DC native) Aparna Nancherla returns to D.C. to devastate us with comedic devastation. (BYT)

October 21st

Comedy All-Stars @ DC Improv

Longtime stars of the DC scene take over our stage. With headliner Chris Thomas, William Troxler and Judge Poole.

At age 8, Chris Thomas learned he had a knack for Impersonating just about anybody. When he was 19, the Washington Star dubbed the young stand-up comedian as an “impressionist headed no place but up.” He’s the master of more than 2,000 amazing realistic celebrity impressions, including Denzel Washington, F. Lee Bailey, Mike Tyson, and Orson Welles. One of Chris’s favorite subjects, Sugar Ray Leonard, says quite simply “Chris Thomas knocks me out!” The Charlotte Observer lauded his ability to “move like a comic juggernaut from one famous voice to another.” Chris combines this versatility with a quick wit and deft timing to create remarkably funny conversations between several personalities at once. Chris has added impressions of singers including Frank Sinatra and Jeffrey Osborne, plus outrageous rap numbers to his repertoire to create his own fresh brand of humor.

William Troxler has been seen on BET’s “ComicView” and Comedy Central.

Your host, Judge Greg Poole, can be heard on ESPN 980’s Man Cave and has appeared on the Donnie Simpson show. (DC Improv)

Last Comic Standing @ The Lyric (Baltimore)

Sure, if you hate yourself. (BYT)

October 22nd

Jive Turkey & Friends @ DC Improv Lounge

The improv troupe Jive Turkey has been on the DC scene since 2008, performing sharp long-form improv in front of millions of screaming fans. (Millions might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea.) For this show, they’ll be performing in our 60-seat lounge showroom, and they’re bringing along a few of their favorite troupes to join in the fun. (DC Improv)

October 23rd

Comedy Kumite III @ DC Improv Lounge

Comedy Kumite (koo-mih-tay) is a one-night stand-up comedy tournament — eight comics enter, but only one leaves! Each “match” has two comics doing five minute sets, and the audience picks the winners. It’s a showcase presented with the flair of pro wrestling, but probably less spandex. Our first two tournaments in the summer of 2015 were big successes … who will be our next champion? (DC Improv)

Jessimae Peluso @ DC Improv (Oct. 23-25)

Last year Jessimae came to the club with other stars from MTV’s “Girl Code.” This year, we’ve got her back on our stage to headline. One of the fresh young voices of the comedy universe, Jessimae can be silly, raunchy or insightful – while always bringing the funny. In addition to her ever-expanding stand-up calendar, Jessimae keeps busy with appearances on “@midnight” and by producing her own new podcast, “Sharp Tongue.” (DC Improv)

Tim Miller @ The Big Hunt

Tim has been one of the most well-known comedians in the DC area over the past decade. On October 23rd he will record his debut album during two shows at The Big Hunt.

He was named “One of DC’s Comedians to Watch” by the Washington Post. He was the winner of the Funniest Fed Competition and Charleston Comedy Festival. He has performed at comedy clubs and festivals across the country, working with comics like Daniel Tosh, Dave Attell, and Jeff Ross. He is also the co-host of the popular podcast Three Guys On. (Underground Comedy)

October 24th

Gary Gulman @ Sixth and I

Gary Gulman has made TV specials, and three albums. He marked his 20-year anniversary in stand-up with the “It’s About Time Tour,” selling out theaters throughout the country. It’s no wonder the New York Times wrote “Gary is finally being recognized as one of the country’s strongest comedians.” (Sixth and I)

ComedySportz Improv @ DC Improv (SOLD OUT!)

PLEASE NOTE: Showtime is 7:30. Doors open at 6:30 and a full dinner menu is available. ComedySportzDC offers clean improv comedy. Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes and songs on the spot. The audience shouts out all the suggestions and votes for the winners, while the referee calls the fouls. It’s not a comedy show ABOUT sports, it’s the comedy show that IS a sport – similar to what you’ve seen on “Whose Line.” (DC Improv)

Late-Night Improv @ DC Improv

Our Late-Night Improv slot features “The Blue Show,” the cast from the early ComedySportz show making up comedy on the spot for your amusement. It’s the late show, so no kids at this show. We never know how “blue” this Late Night Improv show will be. It all depends on how dysFUNctional the crowd is. Ages 18 and up welcome. (DC Improv)

Kenny Zimlinghaus @ The Big Hunt (2 shows)

Kenny Zimlinghaus is a stand up comic who can be heard every morning on the Sirius XM 109 show “Wake Up with Taylor.” Kenny has been doing stand-up comedy for over 15 years and has performed all over the country. His debut release “Night Pageant” immediately went to #1 on Itunes upon it’s release in April of 2015. Kenny also starred in the film “Wedgerino” which won “Best Offbeat Comedy” at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival. The film also has been selected to be screened at the Chain Film Festival in NYC and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in Vermont. Kenny Zimlinghaus has a loyal following from his years in radio and prides himself on giving his audiences a uniquely hilarious show every time he comes to town. (Underground Comedy)

 October 28th

Everything is Terrible! Legends Tour @ Black Cat Backstage

Once a millenium, something emerges from the darkest corner of the universe and enlightens us to the true meaning of being. Something so mystickal, so magickal, and so mind-splitting that all concepts before its existence sounds stupid and boring. Of course, we are talking about Everything Is Terrible! The Legends show is a culmination of the first seven (of 777) years of work from the video alchemists at EIT! These mindfreaks have taken thousands of forgotten VHS tapes, chewed them up, and spit them back to their young via daily website postings, six movies, and world tours. In that time, they’ve exposed us to wonders such as massaging cat ladies, apocalyptic facial exercises, pizzas parties in hell, and our immortal party-god, Duane. Nobody could have predicted the cultural, psychological, and illuminating impact EIT! would have on our consciousness, but seeing all their greatest works chronicled in one place reminds us that in the right hands, garbage can be turned into gold! It is time pack up your copies of Jerry Maguire and accept the fact that your life up until this moment has been pointless. (Black Cat)

Matt Braunger @ The Big Hunt

Matt has appeared on NBC’s Up All Night, MADtv, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Live at Gotham, and was also a regular guest on the Chelsea Lately roundtable. Matt has been featured at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival, South By Southwest, and won “Best Of The Fest” at the inaugural Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen. He co-founded the Bridgetown Comedy Festival that takes place annually in Portland.  (Underground Comedy)

October 29th

Tommy Davidson @ DC Improv (Oct. 29-Nov. 1)

Halloween weekend, we’ve got someone who knows about playing characters. Tommy Davidson contributed countless unforgettable sketches to “In Living Color,” then stole the big screen in “Booty Call,” “Juwanna Man,” “Black Dynamite” and more. He continues to lend his talents to animated shows (for both Disney and the Cartoon Network), television and movie projects. And of course, he’s still touring the country doing stand-up. Washington is the city where Tommy launched his stand-up career, so we’re proud to welcome him back. (DC Improv)

October 30th

Todd Glass @ DC Improv Lounge (Oct. 30 & 31)

We suspect that Todd Glass loves the DC Improv so much (something he has stated on numerous occasions) that he was 100% more than okay with coming and doing a couple of shows in the lounge as opposed to the main room. He’s that great of a guy. (BYT)