Julie Barr, one of the funniest comics
around, transforms her insecurities into tight, sharp comedy routines.
Actually, they are not routine, which is what makes them so brilliant.
She is the comic's comic. Any beginning stand-up performer should
catch her show to see how a memorable act is put together.
Richard De La Font
While Julie Barr is a favorite of the New
England comedy scene, she had other artistic aspirations as a child.
Julie wanted to be a ballerina, but such dreams were crushed as she
began to grow. By the first grade, Julie was five feet tall, could
intimidate her teacher by peering down at her and would have to fight
off her classmates from playing Gulliver with her in the schoolyard.
She soon learned at the age of 13 that a life of
dancing was unrealistic, because, "They don't make toe shoes in a
size 11. Okay, they do. They just call them boots."
She soon found that comedy was her true means of
expression and relocated from her hometown of Rochester, New York to
Boston in 1984. She moved up the ranks to become a popular featured performer
at all the major clubs in Boston and way too many Chinese restaurants.
She talks about the sister, the Jehovah's Witness. "Do you know
what it's like to have one already in the house?"
She shares her on-going struggles as a single woman.
"I've been dating the same man for the last 20 years. He just
keeps changing his phone number." Julie also comments on the way
women are portrayed in society, wondering, "How can we have
supermodels who have no super powers? And how can we have a Miss
Universe pageant and only include one planet?"
It's these insights, along with her relaxed,
interactive style, which prompted Steve Morse of The Boston Globe to
write, "Barr showed why she is probably the reigning Boston
female stand-up comic." (Julie was grateful to achieve that
status without a swimsuit competition.)
Whether performing for comedy club audiences or at
corporate events, Julie has the gift to create a sense of community
with her audience. The Boston TAB called her "one of the funniest
women comics in Boston and perhaps the country." Julie would like
to remove all doubt by appearing on national television, although her
true goal is to reach everyone in America one small town
at a time.
Her television credits include Comedy Central's
"Women Aloud," NBC's "Broadcast News," UPN's
"Bob Marley's Comedy Festival." She has shared the stage
with such notables as Jon Stewart,
Spade, Theo Vidale, Jonathan Katz, and many
What others say --
- "Just returned from an Alaska Cruise (7/9 - 7/16.) We attended everyone
of Julie's performances and we loved her. She is one of the funniest female
comedians that we have ever seen. She has a beautiful smile and a warm and
friendly personality, both on and off the stage. We are looking forward to
seeing her perform again. -- Jim & Linda Y.
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Born: Apr 7, 1958
..in Maine / based nMaine
..in Portland /