Philip Markle: Finding The Fun

Thursday 22nd November 7pm - 10pm

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Intermediate/Advanced music improv performers focus so much on learning the form; we sometimes forget to have fun.

If you’re nailing the technical elements – like song structure, rhyming, and creating a narrative – but you’re missing the laughs, then this class will help you play with abandonment.

We will let go of doing music improv “correctly” and instead focus on making strong, specific choices from your gut, thereby surprising yourself and your audience.

Students should wear clothes they can move in, as this workshop will begin with improvised dancing.


Philip Markle has taught improv and acting internationally for over 16 years, from Berlin to Bali. He moved to NYC in 2013 to launch the theatre and training center of The Annoyance Theater NY, where he taught, performed, and 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.

Philip graduated from Northwestern University and trained in Chicago at comedy theaters such as The Annoyance, iO, and Second City. He has musically improvised with Baby Wants Candy in Chicago and BLANK: The Musical Off-Broadway in NY and is the creator of national-touring musical improv show Happy Karaoke Fun Time.

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 he has performed worldwide and was featured in the 2013 NY International Fringe Festival to rave reviews.