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Produced by BYT and curated by Tig Notaro!
Oct 26th – 29th, 2017
Washington, DC

++Opening Show at Lincoln Theatre!++


The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival Opening Night!
The Most Very Specialist Evening with Tig Notaro & Friends
Oct 26th, 2017 / 6:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW

$35 tickets ON SALE NOW
$116.66 All-Access Lincoln Pass SOLD OUT

Tig Notaro / Seaton Smith / Greg Barris


The Bentzen Ball & W Hotel DC Present
Women In The Business of Comedy Talk
w/ Tig Notaro, Cheryl Hines (!) and Stephanie Allynne & moderated by Washington Post’s Elahe Izadi
Oct 27th, 2017
5:30pm Doors & Complimentary Drinks / 6:00pm Panel
W Hotel DC / 1515 15th Street NW

$30 Tickets on sale now (100% of proceeds go Waterkeeper Alliance)

++Show at Lincoln Theatre!++

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The Bentzen Ball Presents
How Did This Get Made Live!
Oct 27th, 2017
Howling II Screening / 6:00pm Doors / 6:30pm Show
HDTGM / 8:00pm Doors / 9:00pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW

$35 Tickets SOLD OUT
$40 Ticket + Howling II screening SOLD OUT
$116.66 All-Access Lincoln Pass SOLD OUT

Paul Scheer / Jason Mantzoukas / & more!

++Show at Nat Geo!++

National Geographic and The Bentzen Ball Present
You’re The Expert Live
Oct 27th, 2017 / 6:00pm Doors / 7:00pm Show
Grosvenor Auditorium @ Nat Geo / 1600 M Street NW

$25 Tickets ON SALE NOW

Chris Duffy / Aparna Nancherla / Baratunde Thurston / Maeve Higgins

++Afternoon Show at DC Improv!

The Bentzen Ball Presents:
Jermaine Fowler + David Koechner + Rell Battle
Superior Donuts Stand-Up Tour
Oct 28th, 2017 / 3:00 pm Doors /4:00 pm Show
DC Improv / 1140 Connecticut Ave NW

$25 tickets ON SALE NOW

++Show at Kennedy Center!++

The Bentzen Ball & The Kennedy Center Present
Poets Andrea Gibson & Amber Tamblyn
Oct 28th, 2017 / 7:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Show
Kennedy Center / Terrace Theater / 2700 F St NW

$25 Tickets ON SALE NOW

Andrea Gibson / Amber Tamblyn

++Show at Nat Geo!++presented-by-heineken-redo

Story District and The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival Presents
Stories About Roughing It, Getting Dirty, And Flying Without a Net
Oct 28th, 2017 / 6:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Show
Grosvenor Auditorium @ Nat Geo / 1600 M Street NW

$20 Tickets ON SALE NOW
Price goes up to $25 Day Of

Katy Barrett goes commando on a trapeze / Pierce McManus – goes commando during the Cherry Blossom Race / Scott Hollingsworth goes commando for a honeybun / Krista Auchenbach goes commando on a paraglider / Anne Thomas goes commando with a gorilla / Edward Hurme goes commando on a very tiny, uninhabited island / Sarah Weber‘s brother goes commando in her favorite shorts / Keith Mellnick goes commando in a Ukrainian sauna

++Late Show at Lincoln!++

presented-by-heineken-redoThe Bentzen Ball Presents:
Big Terrific
with Jenny Slate, Max Silvestri, and Gabe Liedman
Oct 28th, 2017 / 8:30pm Doors / 10:00pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW

$35 tickets ON SALE NOW
$116.66 All-Access Lincoln Pass SOLD OUT

Jenny SlateMax Silvestri / Gabe Liedman

+ bonus pre-show:

Haywood Turnipseed Jr

& an exclusive first episode sneak preview of the new POP TV’s comedy series HOT DATE!

Executive produced by Will Arnett and Big Breakfast, HOT DATE is a new sketch comedy from Pop TV and CollegeHumor spotlighting modern-day relationships and dating dilemmas. The series stars real-life married couple Emily Axford and Brian K. Murphy, two comedians who also star in the “Hot Date” College Humor digital series, which has garnered over 100 million views to date.

++The Dick Gregory show has been canceled++
++Our condolences to the Dick Gregory family++
++The comedy world will miss you++

++Closing Show at Lincoln Theatre!++

The Bentzen Ball Presents
Al Franken: Giant of the Senate & Ira Glass: Giant of the Radio
Oct 29th, 2017 / 6:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW

$45 Tickets SOLD OUT
$55 Tickets + copy of Al Franken, Giant of the Senate SOLD OUT
$116.66 All-Access Lincoln Pass SOLD OUT

Al Franken / Ira Glass / & More!


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