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THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING TO THE 2018 BENTZEN BALL FESTIVAL! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND WE LOVE YOU!

YOU CAN CHECK OUT SOME BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS FROM THE 2018 EDITION HERE:

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Listen to the “Can Your Vote Really Make A Difference” episode of Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness and Nancy Pelosi, released the day before the midterm elections and recorded live at the festival

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Listen to the “How Allies Can Help Defend Trans Rights” episode of Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness with Mara Keisling, director of the National Center for Trans Equality, recorded live at the Festival

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We will be hard at work on Bentzen Ball 2019 shortly – for any partnership/sponsorship inquiries – reach out to [email protected]

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++Opening Show at Lincoln Theatre!++

The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival Opening Night
with Phoebe Robinson & Special Guest Tig Notaro
Oct 25th, 2018 / 5:30pm Doors / 7:00pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW
$45 tickets ON SALE NOW 

++Late Show at Lincoln Theatre!++

Smart Funny & Black
Featuring Amanda Seales (HBO Insecure)
Oct 25th, 2018 / 9:30pm Doors / 10:30pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW
SOLD OUT
Featuring:
Amanda Seales / More TBA!

++MORNING SHOW++CreativeMornings/DCHONESTY / BENTZEN BALL EDITION feat. Marcia Belsky and Melissa Stokoski of Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical
Oct 26th, 2018 / 8:30am Doors / 9am Show
Eaton DC / 1201 K Street NW
FREE EVENT – SOLD OUT

++Early Show at Lincoln Theatre!++#ADULTING
with Michelle Buteau & Jordan Carlos
Oct 26th, 2018 / 5:30pm Doors / 6:30pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW
$25 tickets ON SALE NOW
Featuring:
Michelle Buteau / Jordan Carlos
with special guests Tig Notaro / Sheng Wang / Amanda Seales 

+ a little pre-show magic by Katherine Jessup

++Cool & Important Panel at W HOTEL DC – POV Lounge++

WHAT THEY SAID: HUMOR AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Oct 26th, 2018 / 5:30pm Doors / 6:00 Conversation
W Hotel DC – POV Lounge (rooftop) / 515 15th Street NW
FREE EVENT – RSVP RECOMMENDED
Featuring:
Cameron Esposito / Marcia Belsky / Melissa Stokoski / Arvind Ganesan of Human Rights Watch / Moderated by Linda Holmes of NPR’S Pop Culture Happy Hour / More TBA

++Late Show at Lincoln Theatre Sold Out!++

Smart Funny & Black
Featuring Amanda Seales (HBO Insecure)
Oct 26th, 2018 / 9:00pm Doors / 10:00pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW
SOLD OUT
Featuring:
Amanda Seales / Jemele Hill / Reese Waters

++Early show at Kennedy Center!++

Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast
Oct 26th, 2018 / 5:00pm Doors / 6:00pm Show
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage / 2700 F Street NW
Free
Featuring:
Jessica Mckenna / Zach Reino / More TBA

Due to potentially inclimate weather – Walk & 5K to End HIV is now scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1. But the annual Brunch to End HIV will go on as scheduled! Visit one of our participating restaurants on Saturday, 10/27 or Sunday, 10/28. For a list of restaurants, please visit bit.ly/brunchtoendhiv

++Early shows at Lincoln Sold Out!++

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness LIVE
Oct 27th, 2018 / 12:30pm Doors / 2:00pm Show
Oct 27th, 2018 / 4:30pm Doors / 6:00pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW
SOLD OUT

++Late Show at Lincoln Theatre!++

Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, & Friends!
Oct 27th, 2018 / 8:30pm Doors / 9:30pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW
$20 tickets ON SALE NOW
Featuring:
Cameron Esposito / Rhea Butcher / Naomi Ekperigin/ More TBA!

++FREE Show at Eaton Workshop++

Emerging Voices: Locals Showcase
Oct 27th, 2018 / 5:00pm Doors / 5:30pm Show
Eaton DC / 1201 K Street NW
FREE SHOW – RSVP RECOMMENDED

Feat. Brittany Carney / Elizabeth Norman / Denise Taylor / Naomi Karavani & hosted by Maddy Brannon

++Both Shows at Kennedy Center Sold Out!++

Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical
Oct 27th, 2018 Early Show: 7:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Show

Late show: 9:30pm Doors / 10:00pm Show
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater / 2700 F Street NW
SOLD OUT

++Another Early FREE show at Kennedy Center!++

Melinda Hill
Oct 27th, 2018 / 5:00pm Doors / 6:00pm Show
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage / 2700 F Street NW
Free
Featuring:
Melinda Hill / Jenny Questell / More TBA!

++Charity Brunch at Eaton Workshop++

Belly Laughs with Antoni Porowski & Friends! Presented by LYFT – 100% OF THE PROCEEDS TO GO TO WHITMAN-WALKER HEALTH
Oct 28th, 2018 / 10:30 doors /11 am BRUNCH
Eaton DC/ 1201 K Street NW
TICKET DETAILS RELEASED VIA LYFT CODE LOTTERY here is how to enter
Featuring:
Antoni / more TBA

++Early Show at Lincoln Theatre!++

Jonathan Van Ness & Friends!
Oct 28th, 2018 / 2:30pm Doors / 4:00pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW
SOLD OUT
Featuring:
Jonathan Van Ness / Alice Wetterlund / Zainab Johnson / Kyle June Williams / Jaboukie Young -White / & more TBA

++FREE SHOW at Eaton Workshop++
Couples Therapy Live!
Naomi Ekperigin & Andy Beckerman & guests
Oct 28th, 2018 / 4:30pm Doors / 5:00pm Show
Eaton DC / 1201 K Street NW
FREE SHOW – RSVP RECOMMENDED

++Closing Show at Lincoln Theatre!++
The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival Closing Night!
Tig Notaro
Oct 28th, 2018 / 6:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show
Lincoln Theatre / 1215 U Street NW
SOLD OUT

MORE SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE COMING SOON!


The Awesome 2018 Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival Non-Profit Partner:

Laughs aside, every year Bentzen Ball partners with non-profit organizations to help raise awareness, create content and support a cause we all, as humans, should stand for. It is an integral part of Bentzen Ball’s programming and we take pride in being a true “festival with purpose”. This year’s non-profit partner is Human Rights Watch, an amazing female co-founded organization impacting lives locally and globally, as well as DC’s own Whitman-Walker Health, which this year celebrates four decades of providing care to everyone with patience, kindness, humility and as much empathy as humanly possible.

       


The Awesome 2018 Media Sponsor / Supporting Partner:
(sign up for Lily Lines here)


The Bentzen Ball is supported by:


Official Transportation Partner


Official Cocktail Partner


Official Hotel Partner


Official Programming Partner


Official Programming Partner

Friends of The Ball:


Backstage Hospitality Partner


Bookselling Partner


Photobooth Partner

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