Jennifer Ann "Jen" Kirkman (born August 28, 1974) is an American stand-up comedian, television writer and actress, known for the comedy series Drunk History on HBO, and her regular appearances on late-night talk show Chelsea Lately and its spin-off After Lately. Kirkman has released two comedy albums, Self Help (2006) and Hail to the Freaks (2011). In April 2013, she published her first book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids. Kirkman performs stand-up comedy in Los Angeles, California, appearing regularly at the Hollywood Improv, The Laugh Factory, Largo, and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She has performed with comedians Maria Bamford, Greg Behrendt, Mike Birbiglia and Chelsea Handler. In 2009 and 2010, she performed as part of the Comedians of Chelsea Lately. She has made appearances on several American television shows, including performances on Conan, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Friday, Premium Blend and Special Sauce. She also appeared regularly on the monthly Pod F. Tompkast podcast with Paul F. Tompkins, on which he referred to her by the nickname "Southie", until Chris Hardwick trapped her inside the Internet. In 2006, Kirkman released her debut comedy album, Self Help through AST Records. Her second album, Hail to the Freaks, was recorded live at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on December 11, 2010. It was released on May 17, 2011 with a bonus disk of additional material, and peaked at #13 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart. In 2009, Entertainment Weekly named Kirkman one of the "Top 12 Rising Stars in Comedy."
Jennifer Ann Kirkman