Having stumbled into stand-up as part of an on-air stunt during her time as Fred MacAulay’s co-host a decade ago, Julia is now known for critical observations and deeply personal confessional comedy. Her 2015 show at the Glasgow International Festival “Fat Chance” became a half hour special for BBC Radio 4, with stand-up and sketches revealing her experiences of losing six stone.
She co-wrote BBC Radio Scotland sitcom “Homework”, and starred in it alongside Sanjeev Kohli and Miles Jupp. Julia has also appeared as a panellist on Radio Scotland’s “Breaking the News”, performed stand-up on BBC Radio 4 Extra Stands Up and was the host of comedy panel show “The Good The Bad and The Unexpected”. TV credits include Rory Bremner’s “Rory Goes To Holyrood” and Scotland’s Historic Year, both on BBC Two.
Mining her own stand-up material to create an imperfect character, she co-wrote the comedy play “Jail Mates” with Gary Little, which they performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016 (***** The Stage), and was commissioned as a four part sitcom for BBC Radio Scotland.
Her BBC Radio 4 (It’s Funny and It’s True) and her Scottish Comedy award nominated show for BBC Radio Scotland (A Funny Kind of and The Funny Life of) shows all involved her interviewing top comedians from all over the world, getting them to talk about their personal experiences of taboo subjects, and reveal intimate details from their personal lives.
Last year, her BBC Short Stuff sketch for Mothers Day gained nearly 7 million hits, making it one of the top 10 most viewed BBC Scotland Short Stuff films of 2017.
Having recently turned 40, she’s now trying to re-brand the inevitable breakdown – as a break through! Self deprecating, relatable and an astute outsider-observer, Julia’s take on life not quite going to plan is refreshing – and full of laugh out loud moments.