About Julie Barr
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.
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 classmate 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.” Comedy was Julie’s calling, and became her true means of expression.
In 1984, Julie relocated from her hometown of Rochester, New York to Boston. 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.
Julie’s 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, Lou Rawls, TheTemptations, David Spade, Theo Vidale, Jonathan Katz, and many others.