Photos: BYT and Hirshhorn Present: Ragnaröck A Hirshhorn Late Night
BYT Staff | Jan 9, 2017 | 9:00AM |

all photos: Franz Mahr, Clarissa Villondo, Nicholas Karlin, Jeff Martin

You guys looked so great in gold and (fake) fur this past Saturday. We know you want to dive right into the photos, but first we want to send some THANK YOUS:

  • Thank you to all of you for braving the cold and snow and showing up in sell-out capacity numbers.
  • Thank you to the Hirshhorn team for partnering with us and allowing us to take over your beautiful museum for the night.
  • Thanks to Ragnar Kjartansson (wherever you are) for being the amazing weirdo of our dreams. We will MISS this exhibition.
  • Thank you to all our music talent, How To Dress Well, DJ Lisa Frank, Chain and The Gang, Cinema Hearts, and Dawkins. You guys were just great as we anticipated. Actually, probably even greater.
  • Thank you to Reyka Vodka for keeping us full of delicious alcoholic beverages (in a classy way) and to LYFT for getting us home safe from all BYT events.
  • Thank you to all the great bars who partnered with us on this and created specialty cocktails for the evening. You guys should drink at these ALL THE TIME: Bar Deco, Espita Mezcaleria, Kramerbooks, Maketto, Republic, and Health-Ade Kombuncha.
  • Thank you to The Grilled Oyster Co., Little CoCo’s, Ocean PrimeKramerbooks, SKWR, and Smak for providing the amazing bites for the evening.
  • Thank you to Morgan H. West of A Creative DC for the crowns and Scissors & Comb salon for ALL THE BRAIDS.
  • Thank you to OM Digital for being THE BEST PHOTOBOOTH IN THE WORLD (as always). Those snaps are coming! We promise!
  • Thank you to Jackson Pro Audio for keeping us in great sound no matter where we are and are lighting crew DC Night Lights for making everything pretty.
  • Thank you to the tireless BYT and Hirshhorn staff for working their cute butts off on this, our bar staff for keeping a drink in everyone’s hand and everyone else in between.
  • Thank you to our photographers for shooting non stop and all the time.
  • Lots of great events and stories and more coming up. STAY in the LOOP: follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

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“Technically immaculate, it’s what he does with his slick talent that really sets him apart. His relationship with the characters has all the dramatic tension of a real life double act” – The Guardian Paul Zerdin has helped make ventriloquism cool again. From the Royal Variety Performance to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to India’s comedy circuit, Montreal’s Just For Laughs and UK tours with his Sponge Fest show and forthcoming Puppet Master tour. Paul’s fresh twist on this traditional comedy art has impressed everyone from Her Majesty the Queen onwards. “It is Zerdin’s sharp script that is the heartbeat of the show” – The Times Crucially, Paul Zerdin appeals to both comedy club and mainstream audiences in equal measure. The UK’s number one ventriloquist’s career has included appearances on everything from the Royal Variety Performance, Paramount and Comedy Central’s, The World Stands Up to ITV Daybreak, BBC TV’s The One Show, Sky News and Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks. **** "Pure audience gratifying magic” – Time Out With Paul’s winning combination of technical skill, hilarious ventriloquism, charm and impeccable comic timing, Paul Zerdin’s live shows see him bring to life several very different characters amongst whom are the cheeky pre-adolescent Sam, belligerent OAP Albert and precocious infant Baby and in 2012 on his Puppet Master live tour, Paul will be introducing a new character! “I see myself as a one man Muppet sitcom, reining the characters in” commented Zerdin. “The old man has a thing for the ladies and so does Sam who is about to become a teen and knows naughty words. Between the two of them they lead the baby astray and the baby, of course, wants to know everything. I think it is important to have characters that people can relate to rather than, say, talking sheep which are less believable”. Simply put, Zerdin is the man who can make ventriloquism look cool” – The Stage Zerdin, who got the ‘biggest laugh of the night’ at the Royal Variety Performance in 2009, according to audience members, also went on to get 5 star reviews at that year’s Edinburgh Festival. Paul returned to Edinburgh to sold-out houses in 2010 and made his debut at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival that year before embarking on a major UK tour with Sponge Fest in 2010/2011. That Paul Zerdin should make his career in show business is not entirely unexpected “my mother was a BBC Radio 2 presenter and my father worked for the BBC World Service, so my sister and I spent a lot of time in the studios”, he reveals. When Paul was 10, a family friend made him a puppet theatre which he used to put on shows. As he is the first to admit, his hobby quickly grew into an obsession. “The real turning point was when I was given a book on ventriloquism by the legendary Ray Alan. By the time I hit my teens I was spending half an hour a day in front of the mirror practising talking without moving my lips.” Having failed his GCSE’s in spectacular style, Zerdin got a job in a magic shop, developing his magic skills along the way. Simultaneously, he was also developing a sideline as a children’s entertainer. “Compared to my friends and their measly paper rounds, I was raking it in!” he laughs. Zerdin made his TV debut as a magician on the BBC’s Tricky Business and shortly afterwards, at the age of just 20, landed a two year contract presenting the Disney produced kids’ programme Rise and Shine for GMTV. In 1996, Paul was the first outright winner – by over 100,000 votes of LWT’s The Big Big Talent Show, hosted by Jonathan Ross. The experience not only raised his profile, but introduced him to Nigel Lythgoe, the man who would go on to create reality shows such as Popstars and American Idol. Lythgoe took the 22 year old Paul under his wing, paving the way for appearances on scores of shows, Tonight at the London Palladium, and Generation Game among them. It was Nigel who gave Paul his first brush with Royalty when he secured him a spot on the Prince’s Trust Gala Show in 1997. “That was a totally surreal experience”, he laughs. “I was sharing a dressing room with Julian Clary, Alan Davies and Frank Bruno with The Spice Girls next door”. By the late nineties it was obvious that traditional variety shows were losing their appeal and it was then that Zerdin decided to introduce stand-up into his routine, a decision that has paid off handsomely. From Ray Alan through to Keith Harris, ventriloquists have been a staple of UK entertainment for years, but it has taken Paul Zerdin to bring his mix of stand-up and ventriloquism to the forefront of contemporary entertainment to truly put ventriloquism on the comedy map.
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