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About Glennis

Glennis grew up in Durango, CO. The daughter of hippies, Glennis spent her early years in a wingspan school. Weekends were spent in nature, riding bikes, playing in the river...the idilic place to grow up.

She started theatre from a young age, playing Gypsy, Rizzo, and Martha in the Secret Garden. She was an honor thespian and a member of her high school's first improv group -- The Crazy Six Machine.

It was in high school that Glennis decided to pursue a career in the arts. She graduated and went straight to New York City with $500 and the clothes on her back.

Glennis McCarthy on Skates

In New York, she lived with a 93-year-old French woman named Simone before finding a two-bedroom in Jersey City.

Glennis did short form improv, but soon discovered the UCB Theatre and began taking classes. Within a few years, she formed the musical improv group I Eat Pandas, which played to sold-out houses during weekend shows at UCB, the Del Close Marathon, comedy festivals across the country, and off-Broadway with WET productions.

She spent 15 years in New York before moving to Los Angeles with her husband, comedian Matt McCarthy.

The Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy

In New York, after becoming frustrated with the treatment of women in comedy, Glennis began a a blog to highlight and celebrate the ladies who were pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a female comedian.

The blog soon became a website, multiple shows & open mics, and a movement featured in The New York Times.

Glennis McCarthy Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy in The New York Times

Click to read Glennis's profile in The NY Times


Dance Dance Party Party -- No Boys, No Booze, Legwarmers Optional. Glennis and Marcy Girt started this international workout craze that has chapters running all over the world.

Featured in Bust, The Village Voice, Self, NY1, and more!

Dance Dance Party Party logo by Dyna Moe
Dance Dance Party Party in Time Out NY
Dream Role Poster

Dream Role

Glennis created Dream Role to allow actors and comedians to play a role they would never play.

Shows in New York and Los Angeles featured Rachel Bloom, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Artemis Pebdani, Chris Grace, Amy Stiller, Jeff Hiller, Baron Vaughn, Michelle Collins, Lennon Parham, Georgia Hardstark, Sam Richardson, and more.

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