Who the Heck Is? … Jen Kirkman

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She doesn’t have kids, she doesn’t want to have kids and she doesn’t plan to have kids. The title of the 38-year-old comedian’s new memoir, “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself,” sums it up. Here’s how you can get to know this snarky stand-up before her shows in Arlington this weekend.

“Chelsea Lately”
Kirkman has written for Chelsea Handler’s nightly E! talk show, a formidable player in late-night. She regularly appears as a panelist and on the behind-the-scenes semi-reality series set at their offices, “After Lately.”

“The Pod F. Tompkast”
Paul F. Tompkins, of “Best Week Ever” fame, hosts this sometimes-scripted podcast full of monologues and sketches. Many episodes have wrapped up with Kirkman and Tompkins catching up over the phone, recounting awkward stories and chatting about life like old friends.

“Drunk History”
If you’ve studied Frederick Douglass but haven’t seen Kirkman’s Douglass-themed episode of Funny or Die’s “Drunk History,” forget any actual facts and watch. After she downs two bottles of wine and narrates a faux-historical depiction of Douglass’ relationship with Abraham Lincoln — in which she abruptly stops narrating to ask, “I didn’t take my pants off, did I?”— Kirkman will win your heart forever.

Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington; Fri., 10 p.m., Sat. 7:30 & 10 p.m., $20; 703-486-2345.
Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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