Jennifer Ann Kirkman, more renowned as simply Jen Kirkman, was born on 28th August in the year 1974. She drew her first breath in Needham, Massachusetts, where she was raised together with her two older sisters. By the way, she has a nephew, named Buffalo, suffering from gigantism. Jen Kirkman has English, French-Canadian, Polish, and German roots.


Ann Kirkman attended Boston’s Emerson College, from which she graduated and obtained a degree in Acting.

Career Experience

Concerning the further biography of Jen Kirkman, she started her career of the stand-up comedian in the “Late Friday” TV show, where she appeared first time in 2001. Her subsequent career path was tightly connected with her performances in Los Angeles, California. In particular, she has become recognized and popular among the fans of comedy shows thanks to her regular appearances on such shows as “The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre”, “Largo”, “The Laugh Factory”, and the highly popular “Hollywood Improv”, which gave a good start to many talented stand-up comedians. Since her popularity started to grow, she developed relationships with other comedians, and she has made an impressive number of performances in cooperation with them. In particular, she has been engaged in an active collaboration with Chelsea Handler, Mike Birbiglia, Greg Behrendt, and Maria Bamford.

In the period of 2009 and 2010, Jan Kirkman regularly performed on the show, called “Comedians of Chelsea Lately”. Thanks to her appearances on this show, as well as to narrating in a couple of episodes at the “Drunk History” TV series, she got a whopping number of fans, which allowed her to get a successful start of her writing career.

Apart from featuring in various shows, Jan Kirkman also appeared in different podcasts, as well as she led her own podcast, named “I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman.” In addition, she released several albums, including “Self Help”, the debut one, and “Hail to the Freaks”, which was in the tops of the charts in 2010.

While featuring on the comedy shows, she appeared in “Acceptable”, a sketch comedy show, and voiced a number of TV series. However, her career was especially successful thanks to her writing abilities. In 2009, Jan Kirkman wrote several episodes for Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb”, an animated comedy TV series. Furthermore, she was a member of the writing staff of “Chelsea Lately” and “Perfect Couples”. Later, she returned to her job in “Chelsea Lately”, as well as she regularly featured in the “After Lately”, another TV comedy. Concerning her participation in the TV series and movies, the number of them where she featured is 17, up to date.

In 2015, Jennifer released another standup under the name “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine.”

Nowadays, she is actively engaged in writing while continuing her career as a stand-up comedian.

Personal life

Jan Kirkman was married to Nail Mahoney, a writer and director, with whom they had a marriage ceremony in Massachusetts in 2009. However, their marriage did not last for long: in 2011, Jenifer said in one of the “Chelsea Lately” episodes that she and her husband decided to divorce. And subsequently, this information was confirmed.

On her Twitter, where she popularizes her latest standup, she has a whopping number of over 172 thousand followers!


Since 2013, Jan Kirkman has begun writing books, the first of which was released in 2013 under the title “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids”, and this publication was in the tops of the New York Times Bestseller List. Later, she published another book and several essays.

Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020

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