Welcome to the Sparkle Hour, a joyous variety show hosted by Philip 'Sparkle' Markle and featuring his favorite queer and alternative comedians in NYC! Come to the church of Sparkle and leave the cynicism at the door - we're bringing the whimsy back to the stage!
Annie Donley (IFC, The BCC)
Larry Owens (TruTV, Caroline's)
Golden Delicious (“Fabulous Drag Performers and Artists in NYC” - Time Out NY)
Sophie Zucker (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) & Ian Lockwood (PIT, The BCC)
Jon Wan (“LGBT Comics To Watch” - Time Out NY)
The Sparkle Band: Kiki Mikkelson, Chris Bell, Dan Reitz, Daniel Bennett, Alfonse Vetere (BLANK: The Musical)
The Sparkle Dancers: Jamie Graham (Raving Jaynes) & Hollye Bynum (Of Bones)
Philip Markle has performed and produced in hundreds of shows and taught students of acting and improv internationally, from Berlin to Bali. Philip graduated from Northwestern University and trained in improvisation in Chicago at The Annoyance, iO, and Second City. He moved to NYC in 2013 to launch the theatre and training center of The Annoyance Theater NY, where he acted as its Executive Director until Fall 2016. He is now the Founder and Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Comedy Collective, where he currently teaches and performs. Highlights include musically improvising with Baby Wants Candy in Chicago and BLANK: The Musical Off-Broadway in NY and his national-touring musical improv show Happy Karaoke Fun Time. As a storyteller, he has performed at The Moth and The Paper Machete and is a writer on Medium.com with 70k+ reads and has been published in Insider magazine. He is a proud member of the children’s education theatre companies The Story Pirates and Barrel of Monkeys. He executive produced, wrote, and acted in the digital shorts series "The Annoyance Presents" on IFC's Comedy Crib. Philip has written a one-man show, Sparkle Hour, which was featured to rave reviews in the 2013 NY International Fringe Festival. He regularly produces his monthly show Sparkle Hour, which first played at the historic Joe's Pub in June, 2018.