Jourdain Searles hails from Augusta, Georgia and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 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, comedian and freelance critic of film, television, & culture. She has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue, GQ, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, LWLies, Hyperallergic, Okayplayer and Bitch Media, where she served as their Pop-Culture Criticism Fellow in 2018. She also provides script notes, sensitivity reading services and editorial services. In addition to her written work, she programs films at theaters and festivals, speaks on panels and moderates Q&As.
Jourdain 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.
She performs stand-up comedy all over New York City. She ran a monthly stand-up show Madams of the Universe at QED from 2016 to 2019. She has performed at Broadway Comedy Club, Union Hall, Littlefield, UCB East, Caveat, Good Good Comedy Theatre, The PIT, Under St. Marks, The Creek and the Cave, The Well and The Footlight among many other venues. She has also performed at Bad B*tch Revolution Fest, Reel Love Film Festival, She Makes Me Laugh Comedy Festival and the Brooklyn Podcast Festival.
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.