JEN KIRKMAN is a stand-up comedian and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Now residing in Los Angeles, Jen Kirkman got her stand-up start at open mics in Boston in 1997. She moved to NYC a year later and quickly became a part of the downtown comedy scene performing (and as it must go when you're new ---bombing) at Luna Lounge and every black box theatre, and even laundromat. In the early 2000's a move to LA brought more opportunities to develop her skill and at UCB theatre, Largo, the Hollywood Improv, and as a touring headliner, she now has a loyal cult following around the country and in lots of other cities in other countries as well particularly Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, and London.
Her first book, “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself (Tales of a Happy Life Without Kids)” hit shelves in April 2013. Her follow-up book “I Know What I’m Doing & Other Lies I Tell Myself (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction) was released on April 12, 2016. Her Netflix Original Comedy Special, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” is now streaming worldwide and was named one of the top ten stand-up specials of 2015 by The Atlantic, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York.
You’ve seen Jen on her regular appearances on Comedy Central’s @midnight, CONAN, and as the narrator on many episodes of the Emmy-nominated Drunk History. Jen was a long time writer and round table comedian on Chelsea Lately. Over the years she’s done many late night TV sets on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson as well as voicing many characters on the Cartoon Network cult classic, “Home Movies.”
Jen has released two stand-up albums Hail to the Freaks (released March 2011) which hit #13 on the Billboard Charts. Her debut album was 2006’s “Self Help.”
Her weekly podcast, “I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman” is often in the top 100 in comedy on iTunes.
“Ms. Kirkman knows how to deliver a one-liner, but her inclination is to linger in the telling of a story. She digs into a subject, embroidering it with jokes at various angles. A huge number of her bits culminate in vivid metaphors.” – The New York Times
“Jen Kirkman is a thinking person’s comedian. Not by being hyper-intellectual—although she’s a fiendishly smart writer and performer—but by doing comedy for people who live inside their own heads.” – The Onion AV Club
"Kirkman is not a political comic, but Kirkman's comedy is political. See, Kirkman jokes locally but thinks globally. All of her material is ostensibly about herself, but through the lens of her life, she satires our culture." – Vulture.com
"GOING to see American comedian and writer Jen Kirkman is like having a great night out with your smart, sassy, seriously funny BFF.” – Herald Sun