The Lily transformed a hotel room at the W Washington D.C. into a video confessional in October during the Brightest Young Things Bentzen Ball 2018 comedy festival. We asked comedians Tig Notaro, Amanda Seales, Naomi Ekperigin and Brittany Carney to share their travel horror stories. They included spiders, thongs and hairdryers – and an apple.
Tig Notaro is a Grammy- and Emmy-nominated comedian who launched Bentzen Ball in Washington, D.C., in 2009 and has been curating the festival since. She’s known for her semi-autobiographical television series, “One Mississippi,” and released “Happy to Be Here,” a Netflix special, in 2018. She’ll be starring in the upcoming comedy “First Ladies” with Jennifer Aniston.
Naomi Ekperigin is a stand-up comedian, actress and writer. She’s written for Hulu’s “Difficult People,” Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and NBC’s “Great News.” She’s appeared on MTV, VH1 and HBO, among other networks, and has her own Comedy Central half-hour special, which premiered in October 2016. She’s a regular on the “2 Dope Queens” podcast, and was one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Comedians You Need to Know” in 2017.
Brittany Carney is a stand-up comedian who got her start in Washington, D.C. She regularly appeared at the DC Improv comedy club, Underground Comedy at the Big Hunt, and Drafthouse Comedy Theater. Carney now lives in New York and has featured for headliners including Wyatt Cenac, Moshe Kasher, Nikki Glaser and Judah Friedlander. She’s performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Knitting Factory, Caroline’s on Broadway and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.