The BYT Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival + Story District Present: NOT FUNNY!
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    The BYT Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival + Story District Present: NOT FUNNY! True Tales of the Hilariously Tragic

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    The Howard Theatre

    Doors 6:30PM / Show 8PM Add to Calendar

    The BYT Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival + Story District Present: NOT FUNNY!
    True Tales of the Hilariously Tragic by DC's finest storytellers

    Featuring: Phill Branch, Allison Steinberg, Graham Campbell, Vijai Nathan, Adam Ruben, and more to be announced soon!

    This is an all ages event
    Food and drinks will be for sale
    Seating is GA

    Doors open at 6:30 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM

    See who's coming by visiting our Facebook event page at this link.

    More about Story District:

    Named the “gold standard” in storytelling by The Washington Post and nominated for the 2012 DC Mayor's Arts Awards for Innovation in the Arts, Story District has been crushing it on the storytelling stage since 1997. Now with over 25 shows a year at venues across the DMV and beyond and ongoing classes and corporate trainings, Story District will rock your world one story at a time.

    More about Bentzen Ball:

    The Bentzen Ball is an annual comedy festival, curated by Tig Notaro and produced by BYT. This year it is happening Oct 1-4 and some of the funniest people in the country will be there. Check out the other shows at:

    Sara Armour


    Sara is a pre-famous NYC Comedian!  She has been called "brilliant" by the Washington Post,  "a beacon of love and light," by an intuitive shaman, and "The Jewish JLo" by her mother.

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    Adam Ruben


    Adam Ruben is a writer, storyteller, and molecular biologist.  He writes the humor column “Experimental Error” in the journal Science and is working on a new book about pinball. Adam is a two-time Top Shelf winner and a Story District teacher; he has appeared on the Food Network’s “Food Detectives,” the Science Channel’s “Head Rush,” the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Kremlin,” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He currently co-hosts “Outrageous Acts of Science” on the Science Channel, “Weather Gone Viral” on the Weather Channel, and “Superhuman Science” on Discovery International.  Learn more at

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    Graham Campbell


    Graham Campbell was born and raised in New York City, where his mother thought he was very funny. After serving in Harlem as a police officer and learning the fine arts of cursing and inner monologues, he moved to Boston and delighted state employees with his humor and mediocrity. He currently lives and works in the District and is horrified by the amount of douchey (sp?) men here.

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    Vijai Nathan


    Vijai Nathan is one of Story Districts's senior storytelling trainers and performers, and she is one of the leading Indian American female comedians. She was featured at the Montreal International Comedy Festival and the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival. She's also performed at the Smithsonian Museum, Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, Library of Congress and won the award for Artistic Excellence from SpeakeasyDC. She’s gained attention from critics from her solo-shows Woman on Top: Tips from Mom, Dad & COSMO & Good Girls Don’t, But Indian Girls Do.

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    Allison Steinberg


    Allison is an oncology nurse in DC and hails from the NY/NJ area. She and her husband have full conversations with each other through their cat Sophie and recently she spends a lot of time in disbelief about the newest Oreo Thins cookies (blasphemy!). She has been on the Story District stage a number of times and wishes that all of her stories didn't involve her being naked, but alas, that is not the case.

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    Phill Branch


    Phill Branch is an essayist, filmmaker and educator. Phill was a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBT Writers Fellow. He is a Teaching Artist and leads the Artists' Circle at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. When not physically writing, Phill is still writing in his mind and prefers to be left alone to do his work.

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    Jacqueline Novak


    Jacqueline Novak was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She is an actress, known for Middle of Nowhere (2008), Point&Shoot (2004) and After Hours (2015).

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    Phoebe Robinson


    According to Serial Optimist, NYC-based stand up-comedian and writer Phoebe Robinson “is brilliant and able to critique some really complex concepts in a sentence or two. Bask in it, people.” Which is precisely what Flavorwire is trying to get the public to do when it listed her as one of “25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know,” and with the way things are going, it seems the place to get to know her is on TV.

    Phoebe most recently appeared on Last Comic Standing, the TODAY show, Comedy Central’s Broad City and is a staff writer for MTV’s Girl Code. She has co-hosted an episode of the series Raising McCain, starred in the MTV pilot Chicks Out of Water, written on the VH1 pilot Chateau Buteau, appeared on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz, HuffPo Live, and has been featured on several talking head shows for Pivot TV, VH-1, and the TV Guide Channel such as 100 Shows to See Before You Die, 25 Biggest Reality Star Blunders, and 40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs.

    When not on television, Phoebe’s a writer for and contributes to The New York Times, bitch magazine, xoJane,, and TheDailyBeast. Her blog Blaria (aka Black Daria) was picked up by The Huffington Post and has been featured on their website. She has also been published in Time Out NY, The NY Post, and The Smoking Jacket.

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    Amy Saidman

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