Comedian Jen Kirkman has a lot on her child-free plate

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Stand-up comic Jen Kirkman is not kidding when it comes to the title of her new Netflix special "I'm Going to Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)."

Decades ago, a 40-year-old female stand up comedian may have been seen as past her prime, but Kirkman's star is rising.

She's known to many for her work on "Chelsea Lately" with Chelsea Handler, and has been to Metro Detroit twice on the "Comedians of Chelsea Lately" tours. Fans of Comedy Central's "Drunk History" will remember Kirkman as one of the intoxicated storytellers (she was sloshed on wine while orating about 17th century Quaker Mary Dyer).

Kirkman is also one of the more media-savvy comedians who have learned to use podcasting to her advantage. She just released the 100th episode of "I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman." She also has more than 160,000 Twitter followers.

The Boston native is working on finishing her second book, a follow up to 2013's "I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids." She says her new book is a hodgepodge of subjects.

"It's about traveling the world alone, there's stories about turning 40, there's a story about living alone and crazy neighbors and why I decided to rent instead of own, life after divorce," she says. "I don't think there's a topic I don't touch... except politics."

Because a lot of her material is about her child-free life, the topic comes up in interviews often. She's one of the few celebrities taking the sigma out of being a child-free woman.

"I would not be a good mother, and that is the truth," she says. "I think that's something I'm getting more comfortable saying. I'm a really great person, but I'm not mother material."

Right now Kirkman is on tour promoting the new Netflix special. She says when she hits the Crofoot in Pontiac on Thursday she'll have all new material, and maybe a joke or two from the special. She says her next move is to release and promote the second book, and enjoy whatever else comes her way.

"As always, I'm trying to manifest that I get cast in a Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg film so I get to use my Boston accent."

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Jen Kirkman

8 p.m. Thursday

Crofoot Ballroom

1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac

(248) 858-9333

$15 in advance, $18 at the door