Sparkle Hour!

Sparkle Hour!

Philip Markle, Fareeha Khan, Devin Bockrath, Jo Firestone, Matthew J. Harris, Hollye Bynum, Charlie Bardey, Benito Skinner

Tue · January 8, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show

Tickets available at door.

This event is 21 and over

**PLEASE NOTE: This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

*Individual comedian appearances subject to change without notice

Sparkle Hour!
Sparkle Hour!
Welcome to the Sparkle Hour - a joyous variety show created and hosted by Philip 'Sparkle' Markle and featuring his favorite queer and alternative comedians in NYC! Sparkle Hour has played sold-out stages all over NYC for the past four years - including most recently at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. Leave your cynicism at the door; we're bringing the whimsy back to the stage!

"Yes, this will get whimsical." - The New York Times

"In a comedy scene oversaturated with irony and cynicism, improv master Philip Markle invites you to indulge in blissful inanity at this absolutely batshit variety hour, featuring life-affirming wisdom from Markle, visceral humor from a crazed coterie of avant-garde performers and spectacular dance breaks." - Time Out NY

"Bolting through the audience and bounding on to the stage with the conviction of a tent revival evangelist, Philip Markle quickly wins over the audience with his enthusiasm. Mr. Markle brilliantly balances the glittery outrageousness of his performance style with amazing storytelling skill. Coming out of his shell with vim and vigor, Markle brings home the message of “Be yourself, love yourself” at the heart of Sparkle Hour! ” -NyTheatre.com
Philip Markle
Philip Markle
Philip Markle has performed and produced hundreds of comedy shows. His favorite is his variety show SPARKLE HOUR, which has run monthly for four years in NYC - and most recently played the historic Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. Other highlights include musically improvising with Baby Wants Candy and BLANK: The Musical (Off-Broadway). As a storyteller, Philip has performed at The Moth and The Paper Machete in Chicago. He is a proud member of the 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 musical, which received rave reviews in the 2013 NY International Fringe Festival.
Philip graduated from Northwestern University and trained in improvisation Chicago at The Annoyance, iO, and Second City. He moved to Brooklyn in 2013 to launch The Annoyance Theater NY, where he acted as its Director for three years. He is now the Founder and Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Comedy Collective, where he regularly performs and teaches improvisation. Philip is a core faculty member at Tom Todoroff's acting studio and has taught thousands of students internationally, from Berlin to Bali. Philip is a non-fiction writer on Medium.com with 100k+ reads and has been published in Insider magazine. He is obsessed with his black Labrador Star, and yes - you can follow her on Instagram @Starthelab.
Fareeha Khan
Fareeha Khan
Fareeha Khan is a comedian, writer, actor, and artist based in NYC. She has written for MTV Decoded and Reductress, and she was part of the Riot x TBS Comedy Writers Lab last year. She has appeared in comedy shorts for Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, and Funny or Die. She has performed on some of the best shows in the city, including Butterboy, Comedians You Should Know, Asian AF, and more. You can see her performing stand up and characters regularly around town or at one of the shows she hosts: The 'Sup Show at Caveat and OutCasts at Union Hall. She also does improv with her pal Rachel Kaly at a fun and insane two-prov show called Twins F*cking. Her web series Ronnie Luvs Comedy is available on the internet. In it, she plays a teenage boy named Ronnie, which she got the "Best Actress" award for at Quickie Fest IV because I guess she's good at playing a teenage boy. She hails from Pakistan and also somehow Virginia.
Devin Bockrath
Devin Bockrath hails from Chicago. She began performing sketch comedy in 2005, and began her improvisational training in 2009. During her time in Chicago she was lucky to perform with some amazing people at The Upstairs Gallery, iO Theater, and The Annoyance Chicago; including The Other Other Guys, The Reavers, Attica, DMNK, Superhuman, Quiet Humble Billionaires, DumbFace, The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour, Best Actor in Town, and Invisible World, an original sketch show directed by Mick Napier. She is delighted to be in New York, studying with the Atlantic Theater Company’s Professional Conservatory and celebrating her comedy roots.
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone is a Brooklyn-based comedian whose work can be seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Joe Pera Talks With You, The Chris Gethard Show, and heard on Earwolf and WFMU. Her half hour special aired on Comedy Central in 2016, and her album, "The Hits" is available now on Comedy Central Records. If you like puns, check out her game, Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers.
Matthew J. Harris
Matthew J. Harris is an actor/dancer/choreographer with a BFA from Rutgers Mason Gross. He has acted in productions of TARTUFFE, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG (Elliot Norton Award), and MILK LIKE SUGAR at The Huntington Theatre. Other theatre credits include IN THE HEIGHTS (Walnut Street) A Midsummer Nights Dream Classical Theatre of Harlem), and many more. Television credits include 'Blindspot' and 'Person Of Interest.' He has taught and choreographed at Hip Hop conventions throughout the tristate area. Next up is “The Piano Teacher” (The Kitchen Theatre co.) and then playing Mercutio in “Romeo and Julliet” (Huntington). You can stay up to date at www.matthewjharris.net or www.ManInMotionNYC.com.
Hollye Bynum
Hollye Bynum: is an established choreographer, musician, actor, director, producer, curator, educator, and stylist assistant living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, she launched the initiative, OF BONES || HOLLYE BYNUM. Since forming OB||HB, Ms. Bynum has created a repertoire of over 40 works, both film and live-performance, that have been presented both nationally and internationally; produced and directed six sold-out years of mouthfull., an annual evening of dance film, photographic, and live-performance works; created and produced Boundless in Brooklyn: A 48 Hour Dance Film Contest; taught various dance film lectures and her Performance Technique class at various establishments; was awarded a week long creative performance residency at The Theater at the 14th Street Y; has been hired to choreograph and consult on various commercial projects such as an Instagram miniseries for David Bowie’s final album release, Blackstar (@DavidBowie), a Comedy Central pilot written by Connor O’Malley (Seth Meyers), numerous comedic performances in the New York comedy scene (Joe’s Pub, The Duplex, The Annoyance Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater); and choreographed, directed, and produced several music videos for artists Ecce Shnak and Andras Pokorny. 2018 has brought forth many exciting changes and opportunities for Ms. Bynum such as: rebranding OB||HB and making the shift to a freelance life; focusing on her acting carer by engaging in a professional training program at Stella Adler; choreographing and directing on various film projects, performing as the vocalist and bassist for an all female rock band called Razor Braids; working as an assistant stylist for a creative agency called Sandbox, working with clients such as Calvin Klein and Victoria Secret; and mentoring artist, Kayla Farrish, for the Artist and Mentor Collaborative Residency at BAAD!
Charlie Bardey
Charlie Bardey
Charlie Bardey (@chunkbardey) is Brooklyn-based comedian, writer, and educator. Born and raised in New York City, Charlie performs all around the city. His work has been featured on BuzzFeed, and he was recently profiled by Vulture Magazine. He can be found hosting ExtraBlurt!, a children's gameshow podcast from Pinna, and Stacy, a monthly comedy show at Rebecca's Bar in Bushwick, every second Thursday.
Benito Skinner
Benito Skinner
Benito Skinner is a Brooklyn based actor and comedian with a passion for character work, impressions, and parody. After studying drama and film at Georgetown University, he began writing and producing his own original short sketches, garnering over 50M+ views on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram in the last year alone. Skinner most recently toured his debut live show, "Overcompensating" throughout the US.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/