The BYT Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival Showcase:

The BYT Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival Showcase:

Featuring Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro has had recurring roles on several TV Shows. Most notably, she played "Officer Tig" on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program and recurred on ABC's In the Motherhood, opposite Cheryl Hines and Megan Mullally. Most recently, Tig Guest Starred on NBC's Community, and The Office along with HBO's animated series The Life and Times of Tim. She also just finished shooting a supporting role in the independent feature, In a World, opposite Lake Bell, Adam Scott and Nick Offerman. Furthermore, Tig is currently working with Sarah Silverman on a TV adaptation of her popular regular live show at LA's Largo Theater, Tig Has Friends.

In 2011, Tig launched her weekly podcast Professor Blastoff through The Earwolf Network, and it premiered at #1 on iTunes. In addition, Tig released her debut album Good One with prestigious indie rock label Secretly Canadian. She is the first and only comic signed to the label. Her album peaked at #2 on iTunes Comedy Chart, and was included/listed by MTV and The Onion AV Club on their yearend Best Comedy Albums of 2011 list.
Tig has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and on Conan twice, performed stand-up on her own half hour special on Comedy Central, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Benson Interruption, the Comedy Central show Dog Bites Man and was a writer/consultant on The 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Tig appears regularly at some of the most reputable comedy and music festivals around the world .

Doug Benson

In 2006, Benson began hosting a weekly comedy podcast, titled Doug Loves Movies (Formerly I Love Movies with Doug Benson), which is recorded in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. The show typically tapes weekly, and is later archived on iTunes for fans to listen to for free. Benson and guests talk about movies and comedy both. Benson's guests have included such notables as John Lithgow, Leonard Maltin, Brian Posehn, Joe Rogan, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Jon Hamm, Adam Carolla, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Scott Aukerman, Adam Scott, Bill Simmons, Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Shue, Aubrey Plaza, Michael Cera, Edgar Wright, Paul F. Tompkins, T.J. Miller and Jordan, the baseball-toting superfan.

Benson has also started an annual, 2 hour Twelve Guests of Christmas special every holiday season. This episode features 12 guests rather than the usual 3 guests and they play an elimination style Leonard Maltin Game.

A regular feature of the podcast is the Leonard Maltin Game, which has been described as Name That Tune with movies instead of songs. The game consists of Benson reading the cast of an unknown movie in reverse order (star of the movie comes last) from Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide to his guests, who attempt to guess the movie.

At the conclusion of many of the early podcasts, Doug would state "As always, Willem Dafoe is a Shithead," which resulted in so many people wondering about why, that Google searches began to automatically complete the phrase as a suggested match. The Willem Dafoe comment started as a joke based on the fact that it would seemingly be the only bad words ever uttered about Dafoe, but many people didn't catch on and, after explaining it a few times, Benson decided to let Dafoe rest. Now, the runners up in the Leonard Maltin game are allowed to name one shithead as a consolation prize.

Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac was born in New York City. After three years of big city life he had enough and moved to Dallas, Texas. Missing the big city life, Wyatt moved to North Carolina. After four years, he realized he got on the wrong plane and moved to the big city of Los Angeles where he would spend the next bunch of years doing comedy and getting into debt.

While in LA, Wyatt spent three seasons as a writer on FOX's animated show "King of the Hill" and also did stand up at shows like "Comedy Death Ray" and "The Tomorrow Show." To avoid his debt collectors, Wyatt spent most of his time performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Improv Olympic, where he did shows like "Rap Crisis Center," "The Armando Show" and did a regrettably terrible Barack Obama impression that found its way onto the Internet. In 2008, Wyatt starred in the film "Medicine for Melancholy" which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards and lost all three (Thanks a lot, "Synecdoche, New York").

Wanting to return to the big city he gave the finger to as a toddler, Wyatt moved back to New York in 2008 to join the news team of "The Daily Show" as a correspondent and writer. He forgot how cold it gets in the winter.

Wyatt's one hour stand-up special "Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person" aired on Comedy Central last year.

Everything Is Terrible

Heather Lawless

Heather was winner of the 2005 Emerging Comedians of New York Award for Best Female Comedian. In 2006, she was a finalist for "Outstanding Female Standup Comedian" for the New York City Nightlife Awards. She has been featured on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," as well as the Comedy Central DVD/CD set "Invite Them Up." She appeared on MTV2's "Wonder Showzen" Horse Apples episode as Permanently Preggy Peggy, and recently recorded a pilot for Adult Swim. She has opened for the Portland-based band Sleater-Kinney, and performed on the "Tinkle" DVD, featuring David Cross, Jon Benjamin, and Todd Barry. In 2007 Heather could be seen in Michel Gondry's latest movie, "Be Kind Rewind," starring Jack Black.

Brandon Wetherbee



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