The D.C.-born Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival returns Oct. 10-13 with a full schedule of eight shows, which were announced Tuesday. Conventional stand-up figures prominently in the mix, but the fest is also staking out new terrain with lineup spots devoted to musical comedy, improv and podcast tapings.
The festival's organizers, Brightest Young Things, promise there might be the odd party or taping added to the lineup, but the list of comics released today should be enough to pique your interest now.
Who's confirmed? "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star Rachel Dratch performs in an improv showcase Oct. 12 at U Street Music Hall; Megan Mullaly of "Will & Grace," whose music duo Nancy & Beth is on the bill for the Bentzen Ball Music Revue! Oct. 12 at the Lincoln Theatre; and Nick Kroll of "The League," who performs one of the festival's stand-up showcases at the Lincoln earlier on Oct. 12.
Also on the bill are a couple of D.C.'s top comedy talents, Seaton Smith and Brandon Wardell. Kicking things off is Tig Notaro, the festival's curator, who will perform opening night, while "This American Life" host Ira Glass anchors the festival's "closing ceremonies" at the Lincoln on Oct. 13.
Check out the full schedule below, and get tickets here.
Opening night show
Featuring Tig Notaro, Doug Benson, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Dore and a live performance from the folks behind the found footage comedy Web site Everything is Terrible. At the 9:30 Club, $25.
The Handsome Men of Bentzen Ball Showcase
With Brandon Wardell, Brody Stevens, Graham Ellwood, Michael J. Foody and Andy T. Wood. U Street Music Hall, $20.
Doug Loves Movies Live Taping
Featuring comedian Doug Benson, who will tape a podcast of his talk-show format show with comedians from the festival. The Sphinx Club, $25.
The Bentzen Ball Stand-Up Showcase
With Garfunkel & Oates, Moshe Kasher, Brooke Van Poppelen, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Dore and Martha Kelly. The Sphinx Club, $20.
The Bentzen Ball Saturday Stand-Up Showcase
Nick Kroll, Sara Schaefer, Moshe Kasher, Seaton Smith and Martha Kelly. Lincoln Theatre, $20.
The Bentzen Ball Music Revue
Nancy & Beth, Garfunkel & Oates and The Lampshades. Lincoln Theatre, $25.
Theme Park Improv Show
With Ian Brennan, Rachel Dratch, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Cole Stratton, Janet Varney. U Street Music Hall, $15.
With Ira Glass and friends. Lincoln Theatre, $30.
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