Jourdain Natasha Searles hails from Augusta, Georgia. She has a B.A. in Communications: TV & Cinema from Augusta University and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She writes cultural criticism, screenplays, plays and creative nonfiction.

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 is a life-long student of film. She created the media criticism website, fishnet cinema. Jourdain is the primary contributor, with guest pieces written exclusively by women and femmes.

She 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 Union Hall, Broadway Comedy Club, The PIT, Under St. Marks, The Creek and the Cave and The Footlight among many other venues.

Jourdain is a queer feminist and leftist. She is also visually disabled, which is subject she discusses frequently within her work. With her writing and comedy, she strives to represent women of color in all their complexities.

What I'm Listening To: 

Mitski - Be The Cowboy

Kelela - Tear Me Apart

Ariana Grande - Sweetener

Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer

leikeli47 - Acrylic 

What I'm Watching: 

Steven Universe, created by Rebecca Sugar

Sharp Objects, created by Marti Noxon 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, created by Rachel Bloom

SMILF, created by Frankie Shaw

What I'm Reading: 

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

A Burst of Light: Essays by Audre Lorde

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath