Jackie Johnson Biography
Jackie Johnson is an American comedian, actress, writer, and host of the beauty podcast Natch Beaut. She was born on November 21, 1984, in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Natch Beaut has been the number one beauty podcast on iTunes, with Jackie talking to celebrity guests like Jonathan Van Ness and Lauren Lapkus about their beauty regimens. As an actress, Jackie has appeared in Inherent Vice, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and You’re the Worst, among others.
Jackie is from Garland, Texas, and studied film at the University of Texas at Austin after graduating from South Garland High School in 2003. She has been vegan since January 1, 2010, after she’d been feeling unhealthy.
A woman on set was reading Skinny Bitch and let her keep the book, and it became what Johnson called her vegan gateway book. Jackie moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and began pursuing comedy and acting.
She joined the Upright Citizens Brigade in 2008 and began performing as an improv and sketch comedian, often incorporating singing and music.
In 2014, she landed a role in Inherent Vice as well as Comedy Bang! Bang!, and went on to book roles in Drunk History, Angie Tribeca, You’re the Worst, and Hollywood Darlings. In 2016, Jackie married her partner, a fellow comedian named Adam McCabe and in the following year, 2017, she formed her podcast called Natch Beaut.
The podcast was established after she saw an audience growth on her Snapchat and being encouraged by fellow comedians to start a podcast. She only promotes cruelty-free cosmetics brands. Natch Beaut is on the Starburns Audio podcast network, alongside other podcasts like Harmontown, Beyond Yacht Rock, and Small Doses with Amanda Seales.
Jackie’s guests have included Jonathan Van Ness, Rachel Bloom, Georgia Hardstark, Jackie Tohn, Lauren Lapkus, and many others. Vulture has spotlighted the podcast on more than one occasion. The social media groups formed by Jackie Johnson for Natch Beaut have grown into online communities for women to connect about beauty, as well as their lives in general.
At South by Southwest, 2018, Jackie interviewed Rachel Bloom live since Natch Beaut was an official selection at the festival.
Jackie Johnson Comedian Husband
In 2016, Jackie Johnson married her partner, a fellow comedian named Adam McCabe, in an all-vegan, pink-themed wedding. Besides comedy, McCabe is a writer, teacher, and director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Los Angeles.
He has written and directed for film, television, stand up & podcasts including projects for NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures and among many others.
His Upright Citizens Brigade merits include vet house team, Bangarang!, two one-man shows, Conversations With Sad Idiots and Pitiful Creatures, Maude Night, Harold Night, UCBcomedy original videos and an unlimited number of bit shows.
McCabe also has non-UCB credits and they include the Funny or Die web series, “Cleve Dixon: Terrible Detective, writing jokes for some of his favorite stand-up comedians, punch up work for TV and film, writing for Adult Swim, starring in the award-winning comedy feature, Detective Detective Detective and lots of weird commercials.
Additionally, McCabe has performed in The Del Close Marathon in NY, SketchfestNYC, Chicago Sketchfest, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, SF Sketchfest as well as many other fun places.
In 2010, Jackie Johnson and Adam McCabe locked eyes at an Upright Citizen’s Brigade house party. However, they officially got to know each other later, the modern way, via Facebook. On their first date, they discovered they were both vegans.
Five years later, McCabe proposed in the Bahamas after surprising Jackie with her dream day of swimming alongside wild pigs on Pig Island as well as drinking fresh coconut water from coconuts cut right from the tree.
Vegan Wedding Jackie Johnson and Adam McCabe
The wedding day was an all-pink affair, from Jackie’s dress to the vintage decor to the champagne—and even her dog’s dip-dyed pink tail. There were also several DIY touches. Jackie made all of the cake stands out of thriftshop candlesticks and plates, including their Simpson’s cake topper, and the bowties and pocket squares worn by all of the male family members and groomsmen.
The cake recipe included Doughnut buffet from Los Angeles’ Donut Friend, including the Polar Berry Club and the X-Ray Speculoos. That is cookie butter filling and topped with chocolate glaze and salt.
The Menu standouts comprised of Portabello cordon bleu with cashew-macadamia cheese, vegan chorizo and vegetable empanadas. Grilled asparagus with a pinenut sauce Guest swag was also in the menu mix. Pink tiki glasses and potted pink cacti could not be left out from the menu.
Jackie Johnson UCB Comedy
Jackie Johnson has been a comedian and performer since she entered this world. She has a booming, deep voice that won many beauty pageants in the singing category. She can’t help it that her voice carries! A performer since she was 3, Jackie was nicknamed “Little Patsy” by the locals. This was due to her soulful singing resembling Patsy Cline. She packed the house at the Garland Opry and brought tears to many eyes.
Jackie later attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a BS degree in Radio Television and Film. Her acting career officially began when she landed a recurring role on the Aaron Sorkin dramedy, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Jackie then found her comedy home at the UCB and has been performing the main stage since 2008 when she was just a teeny baby. The Upright Citizens Brigade is improvisational and sketch comedy group that emerged from Chicago’s ImprovOlympic in 1990
She performed in the original musical Freak Dance, The Forbidden Dirty Boogaloo, written by Matt Besser. Other UCB stage credits include The Dirtiest Sketch Contest, Other People’s Stuff, Mixtape, What’s Going On with Mike Mitchell and Welcome Sinners. Other merits that have won her Oscars Awards include Revealed, Sketch Cram, Let’s Do This, UCB Cagematch, The It Sucked Awards, Sketch Showdown, and much more.
Jackie is an alumnus of the Maude Sketch team, GOODMAN. The team won the 2012 UCB Odyssey. Her most fulfilling UCB gig combines both of her passions which are comedy and singing. She has written musicals like Walter White & The Amazing Blue Crystal Meth, The Best Little Hoarder House in Texas, and Catfish, The Musical.
Jackie Johnson Podcast
Jackie Johnson explores the self-care space while laughing, yelling, singing, and keeping things cruelty free. She chats with celebs, makeup artists, indie brand owners, and fellow funny folks about what beauty and self-care mean to them. Besides, she also raises a topic of what is in their bags.
The comedian joins the podcast to talk about the success of her Natch Beaut blog, skin care and leading a vegan lifestyle. She started Natch Beaut in 2017, after seeing audience growth on her Snapchat and being encouraged by fellow comedians to start a podcast.
The podcast has been spotlighted by Vulture on many occasions. Jackie formed social media groups for Natch Beaut. The groups have grown into online communities for women to connect about beauty, as well as their lives in general.
For anyone who thinks beauty is too visual for the podcast world, Jackie Johnson’s Natch Beaut will prove you wrong. It is the perfect balance of beauty gabbing and comedy. The audio series investigates trends, brands, and products. It also tackles subjects ranging from Botox to acne to anxiety in hour-long episodes that always feel safe and honest.
Jackie Johnson Southwest
Natch Beaut, founded by Jackie Johnson, was an official selection at South by Southwest. South by Southwest, which is abbreviated as SXSW, is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States.
It began in 1987 and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. The conference lasted for 10 days with SXSW Interactive lasting for five days, music for seven days and film running concurrently for nine days. That was in 2017. At the festival, Jackie Johnson interviewed Rachel Bloom live.
Jackie Johnson Doughboys
The Doughboys were joined by comedian and fellow podcaster Jackie Johnson, to discuss the food scene in Dallas, and to try several face masks as they broke down their recent visit to Menchie’s. This happened in the year 2018. They also did a sparkling water-focused edition of Drank or Stank.
Jackie says she has known Nick and Mitch for almost 11 years. The three came up at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre together, doing sketch comedy and more importantly, making life long friendships! Mitch even had Jackie on a couple of episodes of the IFC show named after his sketch group, The Birthday Boys!
The Doughboys and Jackie Johnson talked about Menchies Frozen Yogurt, which she loves. All of the face masks they did during the podcast were by The Creme Shop.
To listen to the episode, click here.
Jackie Johnson Drunk History
Jackie Johnson is a co-star in Comedy Central’s Drunk History. Drunk History is an American educational television comedy series produced by Comedy Central, based on the Funny or Die web series created in 2007.
In each episode, an inebriated narrator, who is played by a comedian joined by host Waters, struggles to recount an event from history. The actors then enact the narrator’s anecdotes and also lip-sync the dialogue. She will be seen in two episodes come June 2019, though the season 6 starts January 15th.
Jackie Johnson Howard Stern
Jackie Johnson has been hanging out with Howard and his gang since she was around 12 years old. All throughout her 20’s, she walked dogs and did eyelash extensions while blasting Howard 100 out of her Mustang. Every time Howard renewed his contract, Jackie told herself that she had more time to get to him.
Being a guest on the wrap-up show meant a whole whole lot to her. Getting to tell Howard that she also cried when Cotton Hill died and telling JD he’s smart for not having wedding guests also ruled. It was very satisfying to finally be able to speak back at the people Jackie constantly hang out with.
Interview with Beauty Independent
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in Dallas. I did beauty pageants as a kid and sang. I always knew I would do some kind of performing. I went to the University of Texas at Austin and studied film. I knew I was going to end up in New York or L.A. because that’s where you’ve got to be for the biz. I decided on L.A. because of the weather. I drove to L.A. in my mustang with a head full of dreams. I’ve been in L.A. for 11 years.
I was a celebrity dog walker; I was a waiter; I ran an eyelash extension company. I always have evolved and survived sort of like a cockroach. You can’t really kill me. I will find a new way. Beauty, makeup, self-care, and glamour have been a part of my life since I was a kid. My mom was a glamorous rodeo queen. I would wear her heels and her makeup. That’s something I will never shake even as my life changes.
When did you start dabbling in makeup?
When I was 3 or 4. I sang “Crazy” by Patsy Cline at the Texas State Fair when I was 4. I was all dolled up with rollers in the hair, lipstick, and rouge. In Texas, you start young with the makeup, at least in my house and especially because I was in the pageant world. My mom started bleaching my mustache when I was 7.
My mom would do my perms in the kitchen. She’s into DIY beauty, and I definitely learned from her. I started coloring my hair when I was 13 because I knew I was a redhead even though I was brunette. I was an early adopter.
“I always have evolved and survived sort of like a cockroach. You can’t really kill me. I will find a new way.”
Is the entertainment business what you imagined it to be?
Being 11 years in, I have a lot more of a pragmatic look on things. When I first moved here, if you look up bumpkin in the dictionary, that was me. I was like, “Oh my God, there’s a studio lot. Oh my God, there’s George Clooney.” Everything was magical and sparkly. Being an extra on an NBC show, I thought I was famous.
The industry has changed a lot since I first moved here, and I’ve watched it change. The key is you just have to make your path and make your own content. You can’t wait for the phone to ring. It’s not going to ring. You have to make your own calls. That’s something I finally did with my podcast.
As a performer in L.A., you must have faced a lot of rejection. How do you deal with it?
Every person who moves to L.A. to make it big was the funniest kid in their hometown. Then, you get here and you realize that you are not special. I walk into a room and every woman in the room is a 5-foot-10 redhead with a deep voice from the South, and I think, “I’m not special. My parents lied to me.
I have nothing to offer.” Eventually, your skin gets as thick as leather. You say, “If you didn’t want me, your loss baby,” and you roll out. The day I stopped trying to please them is the day I freed myself from that prison. I roll out and just get on Natch Beaut, where nobody rejects me.
How did Natch Beaut come about?
Last year, I downloaded Snapchat. I was about to get married, and I was really stressed out. I would get on Snapchat and start ranting about the florist messing up my order or my hair. People started following me and word got out on the comedy scene. A bunch of standups started following me. Snapchat became my thing.
A comedian named Esther Povitsky who started following me said, “This needs to be on a bigger outlet.” She encouraged me to do something else with it. I had talked myself out of doing a podcast because, in L.A., everyone has a podcast, but she convinced me to do it. I had this whole idea of two friends, not experts, but friends passionate about makeup, self-care and skincare having a conversation that other people could hear.
Why did you name the podcast Natch Beaut?
I used to read YM, Seventeen, and Teen People religiously. They were everything to me in high school. I thought, “What would be a funny name for a fake teen magazine?” That’s how I came up with Natch Beaut. I also love silly abbreviations like totes.
How do you select guests?
I’ve started with just my friend group, and I’m trying to get a very diverse array of opinions on the show. I try to have on girly girls who love makeup, and who could tell you every color, shade and product name there is, but then I want to have on my friends who maybe hate shopping and don’t wear makeup and talk to them about what beauty is to them. I build the segment around guests and their preferences. Eventually, I’m going to have a conversation with someone I don’t know. That’s going to change the whole vibe.
Why are your fans called hunnies?
That was the name the Facebook Group chose. The Group had about 1,000 members in it within the first 24 hours after I created it. They are definitely diehard fans.
What sort of beauty products do your fans like?
A vast majority of the audience doesn’t interact with me at all. The ones that do interact with me are all about drugstore price points. They want to find products at their local drugstore or Target. They really like accessible and affordable products. When I talk about going to the drugstore and buying a lipstick or cream, I get emails about women pulling over in traffic to buy stuff.
“When I talk about going to the drugstore and buying a lipstick or cream, I get emails about women pulling over in traffic to buy stuff.”
How can brands work with you?
There are several revenue streams. My network handles the advertising on the podcast. We have deals worked out [based on] how many listens I get. Your ads run for those listens, and you pay accordingly. I get a percentage of the ad sales, and my network takes a percentage as well. They give me a list of people who are interested, and I go through it and pick products aligned with my values.
I’m not interested in selling auto parts. I’m not selling out yet. Get to me now before I do. I’m also still small enough to where I’m not asking for compensation if a company sends me products. If I like them, I will talk about them on the pod. If I don’t like them, I will give them to my friends.
What’s an example of a successful partnership with a brand?
At IBE Dallas, I walked up to a booth and started chatting with Sophia who works for Source Vitál. She mixed me a custom facial cocktail and gave me and my sister products. I ended up loving the stuff. You should see my bathroom. I’m drowning in skincare. I’ve got everything, and my favorite item is my Source Vitál cocktail.
I went on the pod, and I talked about it. The day the pod aired, Sophia hit me up that they saw a [sales] jump. They put an ad on my site and sent me a bunch of new stuff. I don’t know the numbers, but she said it exploded. Women all over the world are buying them. Hunnies in the Facebook Group are shipping them to countries where Source Vitál doesn’t ship.
What beauty brands do you gravitate to?
I like drugstore brands, but I’m anti-animal testing and 98% of the brands at the drugstore test on animals. It really limits what you can buy. There are only like five brands at the drugstore I tell the hunnies about. I personally prefer small batch indie companies and, obviously, cruelty-free companies.
I’m not super concerned about the price points being inexpensive. I like things that work with high-grade ingredients, and I’m willing to pay for something I really like. Source Vitál is not the least expensive thing in town, and the hunnies splurged on it, but I think you get what you pay for.
Do you find that your honesty and occasional crass language makes brands uncomfortable?
Yes, that’s already been an issue, for sure. Feral is independent and artist-driven, and they don’t censor us at all. There’s no one tapping on my shoulder saying, “Don’t say that.” That’s kind of terrifying. I’ve learned a lot of lessons. I think every person in the world should record themselves for an hour to see what kind of monster they are. In terms of advertisers, it’s part of the deal that they can’t tell the artist what to say.
However, if they aren’t happy, they won’t renew. One of my sponsors, LOLA, I emailed the brand, “Are you comfortable with me saying the word pussy in my ads?” They said, “Absolutely not.” So, I don’t say it. They renewed for the whole year. I’m not a total monster. I can adapt.
What have you discovered about the beauty industry that you didn’t know before Natch Beaut?
The craziest thing I have learned is about women of color not being able to find their shades and brands not representing them in their campaigns. Learning about that was eye-opening. I have noticed my privilege is all around me.
How do you want to evolve Natch Beaut?
I want it to become a TV show. I want to have my own show during the day where we have guests: experts, fans, and comedians. We do comedy bits. We try on sheet masks. We demo makeup. I want to be the vegan, makeup Wendy Williams.