Total Attendance: 15,000+
Last Event: October 27, 2016
Five editions in, the Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival has taken over no fewer than 20 venues and brought over 150 comedians to the District. Curated in collaboration with Grammy nominated comedian Tig Notaro, the festival has featured such laughter heroes as Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, “Weird Al” Yankovic, TJ Miller, Janeane Garofalo, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Peretti, Rob Corddry, Reggie Watts, Nick Offerman, John Hodgman, Michael Ian Black, Ira Glass and dozens more, descending on DC for a long weekend like no other in the comedy world. In addition to the nightly show offerings across multiple venues (including 9:30 Club, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Theatre and more), BYT also plans special events for the comedians, including bowling at the White House, behind the scenes tour of Library of Congress, custom Shake Shack flavors done in collaboration with the talent, after parties, and segway tours, making it a truly unique, immersive festival. In 2016 we partnered with the Kennedy Center’s District of Comedy Festival to launch the first annual Bentzen Ball summer podcast series.