Jourdain Searles hails from Augusta, Georgia. She has a BA in Communications: TV & Cinema from Augusta University and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Jourdain now works as a screenwriter and freelance critic of film, television, and culture. She created the media criticism website, fishnet cinema. She also contributes to Thrillist, MTV News, The Ringer and Bitch Media, where she served as their Pop-Culture Criticism Fellow in 2018. She also provides paid script consultation, script doctoring services and editorial services.
She co-hosts the weekly Bad Romance Podcast with fellow comedian and writer Bronwyn Isaac. Each week, they analyze a bad romantic film as well as provide criticism for the genre as a whole.
Jourdain performs stand-up comedy all over New York City. Her monthly stand-up show Madams of the Universe has been at QED Astoria since 2016. She has also performed at Broadway Comedy Club, Union Hall, UCB East, The PIT, QED, Under St. Marks, The Creek and the Cave, The Well and The Footlight among many other venues.
Her undergraduate honors thesis, “Idiot Box: An Exercise in Television Development” can be found in the Reese Library at Augusta University. Her graduate thesis, a half hour comedy-drama pilot titled “SOUL”, was presented as a staged reading at New York University’s Goldberg Theater in 2016.