Jen Kirkman, Comedian
Comedian Jen Kirkman doesn't think humanity could handle world peace. After all, there's people who can't even handle raising kids and keeping track of whether they live on a flat or round planet. And the fact that those people are on TV while a comedian capable of telling stories as hilarious, unique, and honest as Jen's is not is plain wrong. Sure, Jen's been on VH1's Acceptable TV, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and provided her voice to a number of animated programs such as Home Movies, but that's not enough for a comedian of Kirkman's talents. Luckily, you can see her perform all over LA or buy her CD and enjoy her comedy whenever you want.
You recently released your first CD, Self Help, through Aspecialthingrecords . What sort of effect has it had on your career?
I've gotten some writing jobs from industry people listening to it and saying, "I like the way your mind works. I bet you'd be good writing for my such and such a thing." It's also helped me get booked at places around the country because I can just mail my CD to them. Of course, it helps put an extra couple dollars in my pocket when I sell them after shows. It's just baby steps right now.
How are you feeling about selling the CDs after shows?
It's the most horrible, awkward thing. I'm the one who has to stand there selling it. It feels like I have a lemonade stand. At the last show I did, the bartender literally said to me, "You're on your own," and I had to make a handwritten sign, "CD, ten dollars," and I taped it up and stood behind this makeshift booth for an hour. The people that are buying one will line up as though it's a Starbucks and I'm serving them, and the people that don't want to buy one will come and stand next to me almost behind the booth, and so I already know by their body language that they're just trying to talk and that they're not buying anything. I might do something passive aggressive and go, "Hang on a minute. Is anyone buying this? I'll let you get out of here."