Posts tagged as jen kirkman

Jen Kirkman on Accepting Career Opportunities and Life's Changes

You may know Jen Kirkman as a standup comedian, as a writer and panelist on Chelsea Lately or from drinking wine and retelling historical events on Drunk History.

Her acts are personal, and don't contain pop culture references that could date the material. Her book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself was about her decision to not have children and the repercussions of those who oppose it. As she prepares to film her newest standup special while touring and writing a new book, she's juggling the various facets of her job, but not always by choice. Her work ethic mantra is, "I have to or I won't be [...]

Watch Jen Kirkman Do Stand-Up on 'Conan'

Here's Jen Kirkman doing her second-ever stand-up set on Conan last night and finally giving married people the intervention they deserve.

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'I Can Barely Take Care of Myself' by Jen Kirkman

A lot of people ask stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman about when she’s going to have a baby, even though she doesn’t have any interest in doing so. In order to better explain herself, she's written a book about it. In her new book I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, Kirkman writes about her choice to live child-free, especially in the face of a lot of people all the time asking her why she’s made that choice. A few weeks ago Simon & Schuster released the first thirty pages to read on the Internet, but now you can have a [...]

Jen Kirkman Nearly Got Killed by an Unruly Mob of Long Islanders for a Poorly-Timed Vietnam Joke

The AV Club's Stand Down series, in which comedians tell stories of performances gone horribly awry which are then animated, is really great. The latest installment features Jen Kirkman telling a story of what sounds like the worst possible scenario: pissing off a sensitive/drunk crown on Long Island soon after 9/11 with a poorly conceived Vietnam joke. Everything turns out OK in the end (I guess?), but let that be a less to you standups: avoid Long Island at all costs.

Jen Kirkman Is Developing a New Comedy for FX as a Starring Vehicle for Herself

Jen Kirkman is working on a new show for FX. The LA-based standup and Chelsea Lately regular has sold the network a script for a new comedy called Jen that she will potentially create and star in, Deadline reports. Jen follows a recently-divorced woman in her mid-30s who once did everything she was expected to but is now doing whatever she wants. Right now, Kirkman only has a script deal with FX, meaning that the network has yet to greenlight a pilot or a series. Kirkman is executive producing the project alongside Chelsea Handler. Kirkman is a regular on Paul F. Tompkins's podcast (The Pod F. Tompkast) and the [...]

Jen Kirkman Makes Her 'Tonight Show' Debut

Comedian and author Jen Kirkman made her Tonight Show debut last night and wound up sharing her awesome fear of flying story for the 2% of Jay Leno's audience who didn't already hear it on Paul F. Tompkins's podcast. A venn diagram for the audiences of those two shows would overlap completely.

Read 30 Pages of Jen Kirkman's New Book 'I Can Barely Take Care of Myself' Right Now

Simon & Schuster has just uploaded a nice 30-page sneak preview of Jen Kirkman's upcoming book about living child-free, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself. The book officially comes out on April 16th, so check out the embedded preview below and then preorder it for the other 194 pages.

Marc Maron Was on 'Chelsea Lately', Which Is A Funny Place for Marc Maron to Be

Marc is a great comedian but you don't really think of him as the type of comedian who sasses it up with Chelsea Handler. Yet, look at him go! He put that Southern toe sucker in his place and got applause doing so. Next week he'll be back to talk about bikini waxes and Katie Holmes's haircut and the late 90s New York City alternative comedy scene.

Jen Kirkman Has a Podcast Now

Comedian and author Jen Kirkman launched her own podcast this week. Called I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast, the show features episodes that range from 30-45 minutes long and each one finds Kirkman talking into a microphone while sitting on her bed. "I have always just wanted to get onto the microphone and talk," she says in the inaugural episode. "In stand-up, you have to have punchlines and someone might be drunk. So you can be drunk listening to this now, you can heckle me and I can't hear you.This is the beauty of this for me." Kirkman is choosing to release the show herself rather [...]

Talking to Jen Kirkman About Stand-Up, Misogyny on Twitter, and Her New Book

Jen Kirkman isn’t asking you to agree with her decision to not have kids. Just quit grilling her about it.

That’s the main point she’s trying to get across in her very funny new book: I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids.

The book is a first for Kirkman, an LA-based comic best known for her Funny or Die Drunk History sketches and, most recently, as a writer and panelist on Chelsea Lately. Like her popular standup act, whose die-hard fans include Paul F. Tompkins, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself includes hilarious perspectives and anecdotes about the confrontations she’s [...]

Jen Kirkman Is Taking a Twitter Hiatus to Get Men to Stand Up for Female Comics

Comedian and writer Jen Kirkman is taking a stand against gross Twitter misogynists by boycotting the social networking site, she announced yesterday. Kirkman post some examples of the kind of terrible tweets that guys send her way every day and has called on male members of the comedy community to stand up and speak out against the way guys talk to female comics on Twitter (this has nothing to do with that "women aren't funny" bullshit; this is an entirely different issue). Kirkman has also created a Tumblr called MA'AM, which stands for Men Against Assholes and Misogyny, for guys to contribute and help educate others about sexism. [...]

Judd Apatow Interviewed on The Sound of Young America

This week's episode of The Sound of Young America has an excellent interview with Judd Apatow paired with two pieces by SNL writer Simon Rich that are read by Jen Kirkman and Paul Scheer. How can you argue with all of that? Here's a convenient stream of the whole thing: