This post comes from former BookPerson Steven Warren. Jen Kirkman will perform and sign her new book in Austin at The North Door this Friday, April 22 at 8PM. The event is open to all ages. TICKETS (via Transmission Entertainment)
Forty is the age when a lot of people start to get a little comfortable, pour themselves a reasonable amount of Shiraz from a real bottle made out of glass, and form some serious opinions about Tiki torch placement. Not so for writer, actor, and comedian Jen Kirkman. When she hit the big four-oh, she signed some fancy, new divorce papers, plucked out all her gray pubic hair, and lead-footed a stolen Ford Thunderbird into a canyon of unknown thrills. Her new book, I Know What I’m Doing — and Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches From a Life Under Construction, is a reflection on a life lived without a safety net, powered by sheer force of will, and guided only by the natural spontaneity of the comedic psyche.
These autobiographical essays guilelessly steer us through the improvised life of a stand-up comic who, like all of us, never expected to find herself, on the brink of middle age, crying on the phone at midnight with a home alarm system dispatcher. She narrates the bizarre fan dance that ended her marriage, doles out serrated advice to friends, doctors, and deities that would deign to tell her how to live her life, and hysterically relates her struggle to assemble a career blindfolded in the dark while little kids hit her with wiffle ball bats. From solo train rides to Stockholm on her birthday to spending New Years Eve secluded in an isolation bubble of her own creation, Jen Kirkman reminds us with each story in I Know What I’m Doing — and Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches From a Life Under Construction that you are the only one that knows what’s best for you. People that live conventional lives make for uninteresting footnotes in boring books.
Jen Kirkman writes and acts on Chelsea Lately and performs comedy internationally. Her latest stand-up special I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) was filmed in Austin at the North Door. I Know What I’m Doing — and Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches From a Life Under Construction is her second book. Her first book I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids was a New York Times bestseller.