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photos by: Nicholas Karlin, Clarissa Villondo, Franz Mahr, Ike Hayman

The Bentzen Ball is here and it’s happening! We kicked off the best weekend of the year with two killer shows featuring Maria Bamford and Los Espookys. It was a treat for our ears and a delight for our hearts. Scroll down and revel in the magic that was night one and don’t forget to grab your tickets for the rest of the weekend. It’s the Bentzen Ball’s 10th anniversary and there’s no one we’d rather celebrate with than you.

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 all the magic).
  • Thank you to all our amazing talent last night: Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, Greta Titelman and Lorelei Ramirez.
  • Thank you to World Central Kitchen for being our non-profit partners and for everything you do.
  • Thank you to Events DC for co-presenting our Lincoln Theater shows and for keeping the Bentzen Ball dream alive! Don’t forget to grab your tickets to our D.C. Comedy Homecoming show (presented by Events DC!) this Saturday.
  • Thank you to Lyft for getting us around town! $1 from every ride at Lincoln Theatre shows will be donated to World Central Kitchen, so use that app!
  • Thank you to Smirnoff and Captain Morgan for being the official cocktail partners of the Bentzen Ball! You’re keeping us going on the daily.
  • Thank you to ArchipelagoBrixtonCloak & Dagger and Nellie’s for being our official Bentzen Bars! Order the special Bentzen Ball cocktails this weekend and $1 from your drink will be donated to World Central Kitchen.
  • Thank you to W Hotel DC for keeping us well rested and inspiring us always.
  • Thank you to Stitcher for being our favorite podcast platform forever.
  • Thanks to Sweetgreen and Girls Night In for being lovely and supporting the festival.
  • Follow us on follow us on FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM and use #BentzenBall and #BYThings ALL THE TIME.
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you forever.

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