I admit that I started listening to I Seem Fun The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast after the non-scandal where she told a story about a fellow comedian and didn't use his name and bloggers went apeshit trying to guess it. BUT I had already seen her on drunk histories and thought she was hilarious, so this non-scandal just let me know that she had a podcast. So, thank you, non-scandal.
I didn’t really know what to expect and listening on the train back from Cornwall, somewhat sleepy, full of sun and cider, I quickly realized it’s exactly as she’s said, it’s her diary podcast. It’s not a live show, there’s no guests, it’s a diary where she talks about her life and whatever the hell she feels like.
So yes it means there’s long breaks and pauses and you can hear her answering the door to get food, but it gives a huge insight into comedy and what it means to be a comedian. (Just don’t call her a ‘female comedian’. Did I mention she’s a feminist and also discusses sexism in her industry and even from her fans? I like how she’ll ask herself the question ‘Would that have been said to me if I was a man?’ which is unfortunately relatable no matter what job you do.)
She’s very self aware and will tell new listeners to listen the episodes from a year ago because they’re funnier. She’ll also interrupt herself with a character of her own devising to contradict herself or voice the opposite side of an issue or story, the two most popular being a female office worker who complains about Jen being a ‘rich bitch’ and a young millennial who doesn’t know who the Brady Bunch are.
I had no idea she’s been in comedy for 20 years and although it sounds super cool and glamorous to travel from gig to gig and know a lot of other comedians, the flipside of getting up early, constant plane travel (and airline/airport food) and the strict work schedule she keeps herself on (meaning no late night drinks after a gig because next morning could be another early morning flight or doing interviews, etc to promote herself) makes you realise, it isn’t always glamorous, she is super dedicated, and just because you’re funny doesn’t mean the world of comedy opens up for you, it’s still a job like any other, you have to work hard and that working schedule affects your whole life.
So listen to this is you want some insight into the life of a comedian, or if you want to hear Jen Kirkman do her ‘Rich Bitch’ character.
Plus, you gotta love any podcast that ends with 'No Fun' by The Stooges.