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Comedy at Lincoln's Cottage

A special comedy series at one of DC's best historic homes. This "malice toward none" show features headliner Bengt Washburn! All ticketing is through President Lincoln's Cottage.

November 7


For a second year in a row, the DC Improv is teaming up with President Lincoln's Cottage for the "Two Faces" Comedy Series. Enjoy comedy shows in President Lincoln's favorite DC retreat, for just $5! Each show is meant to reflect some aspect of Lincoln's legacy, or the history of the cottage.

Lincoln was one of our funniest presidents, and he earned that distinction without relying on attack humor. For the third night of our Two Faces Comedy series, we bring you Bengt Washburn, a comedian who knows how to get big laughs without being mean. To borrow a phrase from Abe, it’s proof that comedy can still work beautifully “with malice toward none.”


Bengt Washburn is an Aquarius with hazel eyes who prefers boxer briefs, solid deodorants, and Crest toothpaste. He is 5’9″ tall, weights about 149 pounds and can bench 150 pounds three times without a spotter. He has a vertical leap of 16 inches. 8 years ago a lump appeared on his right thigh. It’s not visible from the stage but according to some kids at the water park, it looks creepy. Many people say Bengt looks kind of like a monkey.

Bengt Washburn was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but grew up in a large Utah town (1,200 people) as the fifth child in a small Mormon family (7 children). Bengt is married to an officer in the United States Airforce. They have lived in 6 different cities over the last eleven years. Most recently he moved to Sprinfield, Virginia (Washington DC) after living in Stuttgart, Germany for 3 years.

Bengt is a former winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and most recently Conan on TBS. He was invited to perform at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, The Boston Comedy Festival, the Aspen Laff Festival and Gilda’s Laugh Fest in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He’s been heard on NPR, PRI and Bob and Tom. All three of his comedy CDs can be heard playing on XM Sirius radio.

Most people who know him would say Bengt is a logistically impaired ditz, but his comedy is described as intelligent, surprisingly universal considering the content matter and the profoundly funny.


Lincoln's Cottage 

President Lincoln’s Cottage is an historic site and museum located in the Petworth neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. President Lincoln’s Cottage first opened to the public in February 2008, after an eight-year capital restoration project under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is the only place the public can experience the history of Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life where he lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated men, women and children, and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The human cost of the Civil War surrounded him, undoubtedly impacted his thinking, and strengthened his resolve to challenge the status quo. Through innovative guided tours, exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.

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