"Bengt clearly killed, the crowd
even requesting encores."
"Getting laughs with every joke
"The room was filled with laughs
during Washburn's one and a half hour set."
The Wayne Stater
- 2006 Heard on the Bob & Tom Show Radio Network
- 2005 Vancouver International Comedy Festival
- 2002 Comedy performer at the Winter Olympics.
Bengt (pronounced "bent") Washburn
is a self-proclaimed "unaccomplished Mormon." Born into a small
Mormon family (seven kids) and raised in a big Mormon town (pop.
1,000) in Utah, from ages nineteen to twenty-one, Bengt was a Mormon
He later received BFA and MFA degrees in fine art, leaving him straddled
with student loans, unqualified for corporate work and overqualified
for minimum wage jobs. In 1998, after a short visual-arts "career,"
Bengt lost his job, got a divorce, started drinking coffee and decided
to pursue stand-up comedy full time. Later that year he was a finalist
in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. By 2001 he won
the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition. He's been on the
road as a full-time stand-up comedian ever since.
A favorite in comedy clubs across the nation, Bengt presents a fresh
perspective on the world as seen through the eyes of a small town
Mormon boy gone slightly awry.
Bengt has been called "an intellectual with an imp's perspective".
He is known as an intelligent and prolific comic. The ever evolving
topics of his show are often autobiographical and mostly true. His
show is silly, poignant, pointed, intelligent, quirky, accessible,
unique, inimitable, "surprisingly universal considering the subject
matter," and above all, hilarious.