Sparkle Hour!

Sparkle Hour!

Philip Markle, Matt Bellassai, Julia Mattison, Noel Carey, Douglas Widick, Arti Gollapudi, Otter Lee

Wed · March 13, 2019

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

$8 advance / $10 day of

This event is 21 and over

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

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.
Matt Bellassai
Matt Bellassai
Matt Bellassai is a comedian, writer and personality known for his irreverent takes on the struggles of everyday life. He currently hosts the comedy variety podcast UNHAPPY HOUR and the web series TO BE HONEST. His first web series, BuzzFeed's WHINE ABOUT IT, garnered an average of 3.5 million weekly viewers. He is the winner of the first ever People's Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star in 2016. His first essay collection, Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations, was published Fall 2017. He lives in New York City.
Julia Mattison
Julia Mattison
Julia Mattison has appeared on Broadway (Godspell), in television (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show), and film (How To Be Single), and has become a staple within the New York Cabaret scene (Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band, The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular, Ruby Manger Live!, Noel and Julia’s Wayward Brainchildren). She is a multi-year alum of the New York Television Festival, where she was awarded 2016 Best Actress in a comedy series for Brooklyn Sound, as well as development deals with MTV (How to Live Like A Lady), Comedy Central (Brooklyn Sound), and Audible (Is Anyone Alive Out There?). She was most recently named as an honoree in the PureWow 100: PureWow’s 2018 list celebrating the next 100 women emerging in culture.



As a comedian, Julia recently starred opposite Darrell Hammond in the Funny Or Die exclusive Thoughts and Prayers, appeared in Road To Hollygrove on Comedy Central, and can be found in the BroadwayWorld series Turning The Tables. She’s showcased her comedy numerous times at Seth Herzog’s The Sweet Show, appeared as a guest on Doug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies, and has debuted numerous original comedy shows at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and The Pit, and among others. Mattison recently wrote, directed, and starred in her debut short film, Stomach People, which was Executive Produced by Michael Showalter.
Noel Carey
Noel Carey
Noel Carey is a New York based actor/writer/composer/illustrator. He recently starred in the National Tour of Off-Broadway's Murder for Two and continues to perform with it around the country. He is a multi-year alum of the New York Television Festival, garnering awards and development deals with Comedy Central (Brooklyn Sound) and Audible (Is Anyone Alive Out There?). He is also a member of the New York sketch troupe Dinner For One, most recently co-starring in and contributing original music to their award-winning web series Life Sucks. As a composer, he is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Harrington Award winner). His original musicals have been developed regionally with theaters like Barrington Stage Company (Seven Minutes in Heaven), and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (The Showmen), as well as countless cabaret venues around the city including Feinstein's/54 Below, Joe's Pub, and Don't Tell Mama. As an illustrator, he has created storyboard art for film and commercials, original poster art for Off-Broadway's Be More Chill, and concept art for Neverland, an immersive Peter Pan experience in Beijing. @drawnbynoel
Douglas Widick
Douglas Widick
Douglas Widick is a founding member of Hip-Hop Improv group, North Coast, which was named one of Timeout NY’s Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2014. You can catch him performing around NYC with many other musical improv, improv, and sketch groups as well. He is a member of house Musical Improv teams at both the Magnet and PIT Theaters, and just finished sketch shows with Pop Roulette (PIT), The 2017 Tony Awards (UCB), Dead Dads Club (UCB). He also performs with UCB Theater NY Maude Sketch Team Dangerous Woman. Doug teaches an 8-week Hip-Hop Improv class at the Magnet Theater, and was recently seen in the Off-Broadway musicals, F#%king Up Everything and Blank! The Musical.
Arti Gollapudi
Arti Gollapudi
Arti Gollapudi is a Brooklyn based performance artist who is currently getting her masters in Performance Studies at NYU. She curates & hosts Yourself, Your Body at UCB East and Comedy CUNT at Bluestockings Bookstore every other month. Recently, Arti curated a funhouse of rejection NO DICE featuring original artwork, installations, & other people's work as well centered around the feelings of desire, fear, repudiation, & acceptance.
Otter Lee
Otter Lee
Otter Lee is a comedian, actor, playwright, and aspiring trophy husband who can be seen performing standup, sketch, and improv around NYC at such venues as Caveat, UCB, Club Cumming, The Magnet, and the Pit. This March, you can catch him doing improv in The Covergence at UCB Hell’s Kitchen (10:30 PM on Tuesday nights). He also produces and cohosts the monthly Umami Comedy show in Chinatown. Otter is extremely excited to be one of the organizers for this year’s 4th annual Diverse As Fuck Comedy Festival this June!
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/