Jen Kirkman’s 2006 debut album, Self Help, is great. It stands to reason that Kirkman’s new album, Hail to the Freaks, will also rule. Self Help is a very funny live record, a list of Kirkman’s fears and neuroses. “Always be spinning, because zombies, they love to be behind you. It’s just spinning. Spinning, all the time.” This album length run-down covers cockroaches, zombies, children, flying, and everything in between.
Jen Kirkman, beyond being a seasoned comedian, is an almost constant presence in the comedy podcast world. She’s a monthly guest on the wonderfully titled Pod F. Tompkast– one with a wealth of funny stories to tell. Each episode, her good friend Paul F. Tompkins calls Kirkman up and she regails him and the listener with a new funny story from her life. If that’s not enough, she appeared on Doug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies (again, alongside Tompkins) and Julie Klausner’s How Was Your Week? podcast, talking about her amazing experience meeting Cher. If you want to hear her fearlessly wax political, listen to her recent two-part appearance on the Comedy and Everything Else podcast.
She wrote for the short-lived Perfect Couples on NBC and she’s a writer and appears regularly on the incredibly popular Chelsea Lately show on the E! network.
Re-Bar is a fantastic, intimate spot to celebrate the release of Hail to the Freaks at.