"There's a lot of classic Lois Lane in you." -- Jonathan Katz
Julie Seabaugh grew up on a farm in rural Missouri and discovered stand-up when Dave Attell performed during her senior year of college. Way back in 2003, she founded and edited the criminally ahead of its time print and online comedy magazine Two Drink Minimum. Now the only full-time freelance comedy journalist in the United States, she’s contributed to Rolling Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, GQ, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, The A.V. Club, The Village Voice, The Huffington Post, Spin, Playboy, Vulture, Paste, Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, L.A. Weekly, and numerous other alt-weeklies.
Among her career highlights, simultaneous Bridget Everett Village Voice and Roast Battle L.A. Weekly cover stories ran on both sides of the country the week of September 8, 2014. Interviewees over the years include Amy Schumer, Andrew Dice Clay, Artie Lange, Carl Reiner, Cheech and Chong, Christopher Guest, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Joan Rivers, George Carlin, Don Rickles, Drew Carey, Howie Mandel, Jimmy Kimmel, Key & Peele, Judd Apatow, Lily Tomlin, Mitch Hedberg, Roseanne, Seth Meyers, Wanda Sykes, and Zach Galifianakis.
Having previously served as A&E staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly, Seabaugh won a 2015 Nevada Press Association Award for a cover profile tracing the downward health spiral of The Amazing Johnathan. “It’s obvious the author is a wordsmith,” judges wrote. “Every sentence is well thought out. It’s full of lively adjectives and truly paints a picture of what the Amazing Johnathan looks like, what he’s experiencing and how he got to his current state. I felt like he was sitting next to me, boisterously telling his story.”
For nearly two decades Seabaugh has covered, judged, and moderated panels at festivals from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to SXSW and everything in between. Media appearances include NPR, Bloomberg Radio, The Doug Stanhope Podcast, Keith and the Girl, The Dork Forest, You Know What Dude?, Thick Skin with Jeff Ross, and You Up? with Nikki Glaser.
Her coverage of modern roasting culminated in the 2018 book Ringside at Roast Battle: The First Five Years of L.A.'s Fight Club for Comedians. With Emmy-nominated director and editor Nick Scown, Seabaugh is currently producing the documentary Too Soon: The Comedy of 9/11. Participants include David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Gilbert Gottfried, Lewis Black, Darrell Hammond, Jeff Ross, Doug Stanhope, and Marc Maron; the film’s 2021 release will mark the twentieth anniversary of the attacks.
- Official bios for Doug Stanhope, Todd Barry, Aparna Nancherla, John Heffron, Jon Fisch, Ahmed Bharoocha, Joe Zimmerman and more
- Festival judging/coverage/panelist/misc. includes the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Just for Laughs Montreal, SXSW, San Francisco Sketchfest, New York Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Toronto, Sasquatch, Grand Rapids' Gilda's LaughFest, Montana's Big Sky Comedy Festival, Austin's Moontower, Portland's Bridgetown, the Seattle International Comedy Competition, Riot L.A., Nashville's Wild West Comedy Festival, Atlanta's Laughing Skull
- Bachelor of Journalism degree (with Honors) from the University of Missouri, post-grad Certificate in Digital Publishing from NYU