What do Comedians of Comedy funnyman Patton Oswalt, sarcastic chanteuse Sarah Silverman, and Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead have in common? Yeah, they’re all comics, but, for four days in October, they’ll be running rampant along the U Street corridor with more than three dozen other stand-ups at the first ever Bentzen Ball comedy festival.
Curated by Tig Notaro and organized by Brightest Young Things, the Bentzen Ball is running from Thursday, October 22nd to Sunday, October 25th with events in and around 14th & U at the Lincoln Theatre, the Studio Theatre, Bohemian Caverns, the Black Cat and the 9:30 Club.
Oswalt — whose been drawing rave reviews as of late for his performance first ever top-lining performance in Robert Siegel’s Big Fan — will open up the festival on the 22nd at the historic Lincoln Theatre. (For anyone who hasn’t caught a community production of The Fantasticks lately, that would be the stately looking building right next to Ben’s Chili Bowl).
Before he sits the stage, Mary Lynn Rajskub (24, Mr. Show), Todd Barry (The Wrestler, Flight of the Concords), Kyle Kinane, Ian Edwards and Rory Scovel will all take turns bringing the funny. Suffice it to say, the rest of the festival’s line-up is packed solid with talent — and far too many names of both local and national stature to list here.
But Bentzen will get a fart joke-laden farewell the following Sunday at the 9:30 Club for a just confirmed finale that’s set include Sarah Silverman and a slew of the cast members from Comedy’s Central’s Silver Sarah Silverman Program. In addition to stand-up and a few of her trademark tunes, club reps proffer that Silverman will also be doling out love and life and advice and even “hold your baby.”
For more show times, ticket prices and packages, and full roster of the comedians slated to appear, check out the Bentzen Ball’s official homepage.