Tony Markham has an indomitable creative spirit that he explores through a variety of mediums including podcast, radio, music, video and theatre. Tony began his professional career in Texas with Houston Grand Opera and Theatre Under the Stars. Soon after moving to New York City, Tony made a splash on the national comedy scene as a member of the critically acclaimed and ground breaking sketch comedy group, The Nellie Olesons. The “Nellies”, named after the snippy, tattle-telling nemesis of Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, exploded out of downtown New York theater with an irreverent comedic assault aimed squarely at pop culture’s jugular.
Tony has received standout reviews for his work. James Years of Metroland Magazine called Tony’s portrayal of Khalid in Stageworks/Hudson’s Omnium Gatherum “impressive and intelligent” and the Albany Times Union described him as “remarkable” in the premiere of Eric Sanders’ Inheritance. With The Nellie Olesons, Tony was lauded by the LA Times as “a versatile, physically deft performer”. Tony has also created and directed two holiday shows, Snowfall and Christmas at the Castle, presented at Searles Castle in Great Barrington, MA, and the Hudson River Theater in Hudson, NY.
As a music curator and DJ, Tony sound designed many Nellie Olesons’ productions, including theatrical runs in New York, Los Angeles and Provincetown. Tony produced the popular bar nights Red Dress THURSDAYS at Prohibition in New York’s Chelsea and the notorious Sweetmeet in Hudson, NY.
For five years, Tony was producer and host of the ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show, a monthly music and talk show on WGXC 90.7 FM Acra/Hudson and wgxc.org. Tony, with co-hosts, Seth Davis and Jeff McKinney, riffed on current events and interviewed guests from creative and civic life. Each show featured a curated music setlist built around a particular theme or current event.
Tony currently produces, Queer-Centric, a podcast docu-series that presents stories of gay and gay-allied individuals making a difference in their, and our, world.