Thursday, June 18, 2009

Road Trip Album Picks: Jen Kirkman's Self Help

WHAT: Stand-up album from young comedienne you've never heard of before
LABEL: AST Records
GOOD IF YOU LIKE: Maria Bamford
WHERE TO FIND IT: AST Records, iTunes

Rather than pick it apart, we'll keep it brief: Jen Kirkman recorded a reasonably short but very funny album called "Self Help." And when we say "funny," we mean "if you're a person of discriminating taste, you'll probably really love this." (Our apologies to the oeuvre of Jeff Dunham.)

In it, she discusses various superstitions and defecating one's pants. There's also material involving airplanes here that won't inspire groans, which is no small feat. The only downer is that it's a little short. But if you're going on a summer road trip of any significance, you'll need a few things to fill the silences. "Self Help" should be on your playlist.

UPDATE: Ms. Kirkman will be appearing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 23 at Comedy Death Ray.

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