AT THE GAY BATHHOUSE - Album Release!
Welcome to a very special Sparkle Hour, as queer comedian, singer-songwriter, and wizard freak Philip Sparkle debuts his album of 15 original comedy songs: AT THE GAY BATHHOUSE. Calling to mind a deranged, gay Bo Burnham, Philip Sparkle invites listeners into seedy and strange worlds seen from a queer perspective: like discovering what's inside a gay bathhouse, roasting The Instagays, and warning how expensive chicken fingers are in Iceland for the gay traveller on a budget. The songs range in musical style from Euro-trash techno (“Danke and Bitte”) to smooth jazz (“Nordic Hell”) to punk-rock (“The Bro & The Gay”) to summer disco ("Gold Star Gay") to Broadway showstoppers (“Live Epic”). The Rupaul inspired song “I Don’t Like Paper” was released earlier this year on Youtube as a vibrant and queertastic music video directed by Julie Rega. Sparkle Hour has played sold-out stages all over NYC for the past four years, including twice before at Joe's Pub, and AT THE GAY BATHHOUSE will drop on all Apple Music, Spotify and all digital outlets the day-of the show. Leave your cynicism at the door cause we're bringing back the whimsy!
The Sparkle Band: Dan Reitz, Bobby Wesley, Sarah Mullins, Daniel Bennett, Kiki Mikkelsen, and Chris Bell.
The Sparkle Dancers: Hollye Bynum and Matthew J. Harris
Guest Acts: La Dynasty
"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 New York
"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
"Yes, this will get whimsical." - The New York Times
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 before moving to NYC in 2013 to launch the theatre and training center of The Annoyance Theater NY, where he acted as its Director until Fall 2016. He is now the Founder and Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Comedy Collective in Williamsburg. Performance highlights include musically improvising with Baby Wants Candy in Chicago and BLANK: The Musical Off-Broadway in NY. As a storyteller, he has performed at The Moth and The Paper Machete and is a writer on Medium.com with 200k+ 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 first performed SPARKLE HOUR to rave reviews in the 2013 NY International Fringe Festival and has regularly produced it since, including twice at Joe's Pub. Follow him on Twitter & Instagram: @philipsparkle and facebook.com/philipsparkle
La Dynasty, the empress of raunchy rap, can be seen spitting provocative bars all over NYC. Her debut mixtape P.R.A.D.A. dropped on June 8th. She has traveled the world with critically acclaimed improv ensembles Baby Wants Candy, North Coast and Broadway's Next Hit Musical. She is also the voice of Rakuten because badass divas can do it all. La Dynasty is all about living life to the fullest and embracing your truest and freakiest colors. Follow her @queenladynasty.