Julia Reiss is a writer and humorist. Her father was born in Egypt and is of Greek-Armenian descent, and her mother is from Long Island and Jewish. Although Julia was born in West Hollywood, she spent much of her childhood in Paris. Her father, Alec Costandinos, immigrated to France in the 1960s, and he went on to have a prolific career as a disco composer. Julia never studied writing... or humor, but she did graduate into a recession with a B.A. in politics and social theory from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. So, a career in comedy was somewhat of a natural progression.
Julia began her career doing stand-up, and after college, she moved to Paris where she worked in fine art sales. (P.S. Julia speaks and writes fluent French, and she holds dual citizenship.) Some of her other shorter-lived careers include chef, catalogue model and interior designer. Julia found comedy like some people find Jesus, in 2012. Five years later, she became a staff writer on truTV's Comedy Knockout. Before that, she was an Associate Producer on Problematic with Moshe Kasher (pilot), which was picked up by Comedy Central in 2016.
Outside television, Julia has bylines in a number of digital print publications. She fancies herself as a Christiane Amanpour-type meets Carrie Bradshaw, but with even more dick jokes. Julia started her editorial career as a sex & dating columnist for Thrillist. During the 2016 presidential election, Julia’s work became increasingly political in nature. On the day of the 2017 Women’s March, Vogue published Julia's personal essay about her abortion, formalizing her role as an activist in the space. Julia hopes to further embody that role and continue to find ways to incorporate social and political advocacy into her work. More recently, Julia penned a feature for Marie Claire about “stealthing,” which you should definitely check out if you don’t know what stealthing is. She has reported the news for Complex and written news features for Fusion. Some of her less political bylines include Man Repeller and DbagDating.
In June 2017, President Donald Trump blocked Julia on Twitter. It's the proudest she has ever made her mother. Julia feels weird about having written this biography in the third person.