Jen Kirkman: Sold Out Show Opening Night @ OFF-JFL

Jen Kirkman, Jen Kirkman, "I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), OFF-JFL, Just for Laughs, Photo: Danny Belair

It’s Just for Laughs, Montreal is hopping and the Wiggle Room fills to capacity for Jen Kirkman’s “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)”. That’s right! It was sold out and people were turned away at the door, so stop joking about buying your ticket.

Escorted by audience cheers and applause, Kirkman marches to the stage from the back of the room. She takes off her sweater and throws it to the piano, in the name of Liberace, revealing an “Ask Me About My Radical Feminist Agenda” tank. She suggests playing the piano, if it had anything to do with her act before diving right into the show.

Jen Kirkman, "I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), OFF-JFL, Just for Laughs, Photo: Danny Belair

Jen Kirkman, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), OFF-JFL, Just for Laughs, Photo: Danny Belair

If you’ve read anything about Kirkman, you’ve likely read that she’s the best friend you wish you had. After seeing her show, I’d like nothing more than to go on a frozen yogurt double date with her.

We all have single friends who fixate on how miserable and lonely they are, but divorced Kirkman talks marriage from experience. So, if you have fears about marriage, she might confirm those fears in a way that lets you know you’re fine too. Worked for me!

A woman of her word, she mentions how the show is not her Netflix special, but a mix of it and some new stuff, at the top of the show. This is one of the things I admire most in a comic.

Jen Kirkman, "I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), OFF-JFL, Just for Laughs, Photo: Danny Belair

Jen Kirkman, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), OFF-JFL, Just for Laughs, Photo: Danny Belair

Kirkman’s refreshing performance energy leaves people visibly happy and wanting more.

Once you realize you’re in love with her, if you haven’t already, you’ll want to go to her “I SEEM FUN” podcast recording on Friday. (Someone please go and let me know how it was!)


Jen Kirkmans’s “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” is July 22nd, 23rd and 25th at The Wiggle Room $21-23

Julie Santini is a Montreal-based writer and performer. You can follow her on Twitter.

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