Comprised of her signature story-driven stand-up and scored by sensual homemade pop, Erin Markey’s Boner Killer is an intimate musical conversation between what Markey thinks she can’t have and how she’d have it if she could. Driven by Whitney Houston’s lesbian mythologies, Europe™, and a Pretty Woman accident, Markey and bandmate Emily Bate sacrifice their lives to transform personal humiliations into naked feminist hope.

Erin Markey has “laser-beam eyes, a hair-raising singing voice, and an intense, almost predatory sexuality” (The New Yorker). She’s a “magnetic diva” (New York Times). She’s one of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People (Brooklyn Magazine). And she wants to tell you some stories.

Named one of “Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People” (Brooklyn Magazine), Erin Markey makes music, shows and videos. She has shown work at the Under the Radar Festival, New Museum, PS 122, New York City Comedy Festival, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, UCBeast, Bard Spiegeltent, Tasmania’s Festival of Voices, San Francisco Film Society and at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. She is the recipient of a 2014 Franklin Furnace Grant, the 2012 NYFA Cutting Edge Artist Award, the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance in 2013, was named a “magnetic diva” by the New York Times, a Time Out New York Top Ten Cabaret Performer 2013-2015, and was listed in Artforum’s Top Ten Best Music of 2016. She recently appeared as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme in Assassins at New York City Center Encores!, she is a company member of Obie award-winning Half Straddle, and co-composed music with Chris Giarmo for Tina Satter’s Ghost Rings at New York Live Arts. Her musical, A Ride On The Irish Cream, co-composed with Emily Bate and Kenny Mellman, premiered at Abrons Arts Center in January 2016 and was co-presented by Abrons and American Realness Festival. Irish Cream is currently touring and recently released an album available here. Her new show, Boner Killer, which premiered at Joe’s Pub for Under The Radar Festival in January 2017, will tour in 2017.

Ellie Heyman (Director) Credits include: The Traveling Imaginary, theatrical rock show with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel); The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air) (Night Vale Presents); Erin Markey’s Boner Killer (Under the Radar), Becca Blackwell’s They Themself & Schmerm (Under the Radar), Beardo by Jason Craig & Dave Malloy (Pipeline Theater). LongYarn by Jason Craig/Banana/Bag & Bodice (Bushwick Starr). She is a graduate of Northwestern & Boston University (MFA), Drama League Directing Fellow & Artist in Residence, and WP Theater Lab Member.

Emily Bate is a Philadelphia-based singer, composer and harmony fanatic. Recent projects include choral theater piece Going Down Mount Moriah, and frequent collaborator Erin Markey’s anarcho-musical A Ride on the Irish Cream, which Bate co-composed and performed in. The music in A Ride on the Irish Cream was “accessible, often punchy pop-rock” (New York Times), whose “soaring musical numbers” (Artforum) were “startlingly gorgeous, and packed with heavenly harmonies” (New York Post). She works in theater, film and music. Current collaborators include playwright MJ Kaufman, The Bearded Ladies cabaret troupe, and filmmaker Catherine Pancake.

“Erin Markey has laser-beam eyes, a hair-raising singing voice, and an intense, almost predatory sexuality. Markey’s uncanny self-possession goes hand in hand with perverse, non-sequitur humor that keeps her audience laughing, if unsettled.”
-Michael Schulman, The New Yorker
“She defies expectations you don’t even know you have.”
– Elisabeth Vincentelli, NEW YORK POST
“[Markey is] a hilarious combination of jaded cheerleader and hard-charging, wide-eyed rock god.”
-Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
“[Markey] veers from scary intensity to a strange plastic prettiness that makes her seem like a character out of a lost Disney cartoon that the company decided not to release to the public.”
–Jason Zinoman, NEW YORK TIMES
“Markey doesn’t fall for the formulaic oversharing that weighs so heavily on American storytelling. Rather, she writes from the knowledge that intimacy is a song and dance of our own making, tightening language into codes between lovers, and sculpting the grand, imposed narratives around relationships into singular and precise stories we can finally call our own.”
– Jennifer Krasinski, ARTFORUM