I started writing and putting on funny shows in the third grade and I haven't stopped.
DC Metro Theatre Arts
DC Metro Theatre Arts
On February 27, 2020, performers and friends came together for Make America Laugh and Sing Again, a sold-out "wildly entertaining" evening of hilarity and song to benefit CommonCause.org at Pangea, the East Village Alt-Cabaret Supper Club.
A big thank you to the performers who donated their time and talent to make it such a great show: the hilarious Stan Baker, the charming chanteuse Mariah Bonner, legendary musician/songwriter/writer Michael Lydon, uber-talented composer and pianist Ellen Mandel. I had the pleasure of producing, performing and emceeing.
It's needed now more than ever!
Here is the full show Make America Laugh and Sing Again, Pangea in the East Village, February 2020, with the hilarious Stan Baker, the charming chanteuse Mariah Bonner, legendary Michael Lydon, composer and pianist Ellen Mandel and me. Thank you Jon Waldman for the excellent video and stills of the show. Thank you Todd Stuart Phillips for editing.
Andrew Gilchrist, MNN Cable Network
I was honored to be invited to perform at the final night of the legendary Cornelia Street Cafe Underground on January 1, 2019.
DC Metro Theatre Arts
As the world seemed to be going into a darker place, I wanted to think about love and laughter so created a new show Faith in Love. It started as comic monologues with songs about love at Cornelia Street Cafe Underground. Then I invited the wonderful Sean Mahony to join me on piano.
Here are some segments from Faith in Love taped at the great Cornelia Street Café.Check out this great video
The Village Voice
"Five stars! Best of the Fringe! A hilarious autobiographical one-woman show …the imagery is vivid, real and funny. The stage is decorated with nothing but her but this is enough…. Phillips is an incredible storyteller and her show is fascinating to watch and to listen to." DC Metro Theater Arts
"A wildly funny play…Phillips mixes absurdism and social satire to hilarious results as guru extraordinaire Dr. Faith…The play retains a delightful burlesque quality from start to finish…and Mandel provides virtuoso accompaniment… Onstage (Phillips) is a force of nature and bubbly wit, confident in both body and brains." - Jamie Lubin, The Huffington Post
"Outrageously funny and cunning. Devilishly clever and wildly entertaining….every line demanded a boisterous laugh. She exudes inherent fun like a bottle of champagne. Uplifting and unpredictable, Lisa Faith Phillips should have delivered the damn State of the Union Address this year." - Carolyn Smith, Newyorkcool.com
"With a riding crop in one hand, and a feather boa in the other, Dr. Faith lectures, satirizes and sings her way into our psyche. In her charismatic way, Dr. Faith engages the audience with her witticisms and quips, citing current events. Her take on the “axis of evil” suggests a double entendre worthy of exploring! A semi-psychotic break later in the show leads into a hysterical, over the top Broadway tunes tribute. Highlighting other steps, Dr. Faith delivers lovely songs of love & belonging. The audience surrenders to her charm in the number “Let’s Just Keep Falling in Love”. Visit Dr. Faith for a session!" - Andrew Gilchrist, MNN Cable Network
"Both are wonderful performers with great comic timing, Watch Out, Here She Comes!" -Offoffoffreview
"This most remarkable monologue is fun for wives, for husbands, for everybody!" - Pagina 12
"Revealing, uninhibited...entertaining, well written!" - Back Stage
“Chillingly hilarious…Phillips gives us a smart shot of Dorothy Parker." – The Village Voice
“Molti applausi!” – Mario Fratti, Oggi
“Amusing yet oddly touching” – Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
Lisa Faith Phillips and Ellen Mandel putting on a show.
Through an actress/singer friend, I met Natalie Smith, a dazzling singer-songwriter and gifted actress. Her album Take My Piano is one of my favorites that I listen to all the time. So I was delighted when we had the chance to do a night of comedy and song at Cornelia Street Café Underground.
Jamie Lubin, Huffington Post
From doing summer stock and writing and performing on a local cable show in my home town Findlay, Ohio, I always found my way back to live theater. I was a founding member of the Drama Society at the London School of Economics as well as the English Theater company in Barcelona, Spain.
When I moved to the East Village, I was delighted to find a number of musician and acting friends were already here. The downtown performance scene was hopping and every night was an adventure.
I did the stand-up for a few years but grew tired of the #MeToo moments. I was thrilled when my audition at The Comic Strip went well until the man who passed the talent kept me in a booth holding forth about how women weren't funny but he liked my material and I should come back and fine-tune my act there. He kept me there until everyone had left and it was time to close then he announced his wife didn't understand him and he was suffering from blue balls! I was stunned but pretended I hadn't heard him and said I had to get up early for work and hurried out the door into the pouring rain. I didn't feel comfortable going back.
As a Participating Artist at The Cherry Lane Theater and a member of Manhattan Punch Line’s Comedy Corp, I wrote and produced original plays. Then turned to creating one and two-person shows as they were easier to put on and have taken shows to the DC Capital Fringe Festival, Dublin, Ireland, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Lisa Faith Phillips sings with Ellen Mandel on piano, Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC
Carolyn Smith, Newyorkcool.com
Lisa Faith Phillips performs on the last day of Cornelia Street Cafe, forced to close due to sky-rocketing rents.