Like a presidential election with a sense of humor, the Tig Notaro-curated Bentzen Ball comedy festival is returning to D.C. after a four-year absence from Oct. 10-14. The main docket of eight shows was announced yesterday. Here are the ones I would buy tickets for before they sell out.
Opening Night: This is Notaro’s, above, festival, and she’s kicking things off with a stand-up showcase that will feature sets from former “Daily Show” star Wyatt Cenac and absurdist comic Jon Dore. 9:30 Club; Oct. 10, 7 p.m., $25.
Doug Loves Movies: For starters, it’s the first time stoner-comic Doug Benson is taping his movie trivia podcast in D.C. Second, his guests are unannounced, so anyone could show up. Third, you get to participate by bringing a name tag — anything with your name on it — and can win prizes! Sphinx Club; Oct. 11, 7 p.m., $25.
Music Revue: Because sometimes comedy is funnier sung than stated. This musical comedy show stars Mrs. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and her band, Nancy and Beth, along with twee folk-comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates. Lincoln Theater; Oct. 12, 9:30 p.m., $25.