Jillian Markowitz

Jillian Markowitz


BSR Contributor Since April 17, 2020

Jillian Markowitz (she/her pronouns) is a writer, singer, and stand-up comedian based in Philadelphia. She has opened for comics like Bonnie McFarlane and Monroe Martin, co-produces the monthly comedy show Grin & Beer It at Earth Bread + Brewery, and also appears at Punch Line Philly.

Jillian Markowitz is a writer and stand-up comedian based in Philadelphia. After studying at Second City in Chicago, Jillian attended and failed out of clown school, in what will forever be her life’s greatest metaphor. Jillian’s act features original music and stand-up comedy in equal parts. She seamlessly combines her proclivities for self-deprecation and oversharing with biting and insightful original ukulele music. Jillian's stand up has been featured on WXPN, and she has opened for comics like Bonnie McFarlane and Monroe Martin, and regularly hosts and co-produces several shows in the greater Philadelphia area, including Sofar Sounds Comedy, BalletX Young Xers Night at the Wilma Theatre, and Grin and Beer It at Earth Bread & Brewery. Jillian can also be found doing stand-up and music at Punch Line Philly, performing cabaret shows at retirement homes with Open Hearts On Tour, or re-watching Mad Men with her excellent tortoiseshell cat.

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Blue Steel in quarantine. (Photo by Jillian Markowitz.)

I couldn’t cope with isolation. Then I began taking costume suggestions online

Behind-the-scenes with Quarantween

Philly writer and comedian Jillian Markowitz was spiraling as COVID-19 news spread. But a chance social media post spawned her Quarantween Costumes, now a hit destination on Instagram.
Jillian Markowitz

Jillian Markowitz

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