MFA Photography, Video and Related Media presents the self-proclaimed "hardest working middle-aged man in show business," comedian and performer Murray Hill (program alumnus Busby Gallagher), with an opening act by Darlene (alumnus Nick Alciati). RSVP here.
Ring in the new year with an evening of live entertainment at the cross section of performance art and nightlife. With a practice that flourishes outside the confines of a traditional art spaces, Murray Hill exemplifies the potential of character-driven performance art. Hill will take the audience on a journey down memory lane from his thesis project, to a political campaign, show business and what it takes to be one of the most significant comedic drag personas in the history of New York City nightlife.
Murray Hill is a New York City legend, comedian, host, international entertainer and larger-than-life personality. Mr. Showbiz is renowned for his improv, quick wit and sparkly (but too-tight) tuxedos. He has been touring with comedian/singer Bridget Everett and was just awarded the New York Voices commission from Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. He has toured the U.S. several times with burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese and hosted her historic debut sold-out Australian tour. He has performed two seasons at The Sydney Opera House starring in Club Swizzle which went on to tour major festivals.
Hill is New York's "reigning patriarch of downtown performance" (The New York Times). His eponymous The Murray Hill Show was the hottest ticket in town for a decade. His annual sold-out A Murray Little Christmas is a "downtown institution" (The New York Times). Dubbed "The King of Comedy" by Time Out, he has performed his comedy at top showrooms like Upright Citizen's Brigade, Gotham Comedy Club, LA's Billy Wilder Theater and headlined his own show at Caroline's on Broadway.
Hill starred in his own pop culture show on MTV's digital network entitled Showbiz and was the U.S. Showbiz Correspondent for Channel 4 in the UK. His other television appearances include: TLC's Long Island Medium, LOGO's New Now Next and Cocktails & Classics, HBO's Bored to Death and Taxi Cab Confessions, and BRAVO's Watch What Happens Live and Real Housewives of New York, and music videos for Peaches, TV on the Radio, The Regrettes, Joan as Police Woman, Bridget Everett and Gossip. Murray is featured in two new books: DRAGS by Gregory Kramer and Gotta Get Bigger Dreams by Alan Cumming.
The New York Times anointed Murray "Downtown's New 'It' Boy." He has been included in "Best of New York" lists in the Village Voice, Time Out, Paper, New York; he was inducted into Paper's Nightlife Hall of Fame; was twice selected as OUT magazine's top 100 influential performers; was included in New York's "Fifty Most Iconic Gender Benders of All Time," Paper's "Top Ten 'It' Boys in NYC Nightlife History," and named one of the top 12 gender-bending performers in NYC by Time Out. The City of New York awarded Murray a Citation for his positive impact on the LGBT community in Brooklyn.