Samantha Irby

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Samantha Irby
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Samantha McKiver Irby (born February 13, 1980) is an American comedian, author, and blogger.[1][2] She runs the blog bitches gotta eat, where she writes posts about her personal life and events.[3] Irby also co-hosted the live lit show Guts and Glory in Chicago with Keith Ecker until 2015, when the show ended its run.[4]

In 2016 FX announced that they had purchased the television rights to Irby's 2013 memoir Meaty and her blog, with the intent to adapt them into a series.[5]

Early life[edit]

Samantha McKiver Irby’s middle name is her maternal grandmother's maiden name.[6] She was born on February 13, 1980,[7] and grew up in Evanston, Illinois.[8] Her mother was a nurse.[6]

In several interviews and books, Irby discussed caring for her mother, who had multiple sclerosis, as a teenager. Irby attended Northern Illinois University, but dropped out after her mother's death.[9] Irby began writing in the late 2000s when she started a Myspace blog.[10]


In her blog bitches gotta eat, Irby gives an unvarnished description of the humor she has found in her personal life, and talks about various topics, including her sex life and her battles with Crohn's disease. She began the blog in 2009.[11]

She has co-hosted The Sunday Night Sex Show, performed in several shows, including The Paper Machete and Story Club, and her work has appeared in The Rumpus, In Our Words, and Jezebel.[12][13][14]

Irby has published four books: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life; Meaty; New Year, Same Trash; and Wow, No Thank You.

Meaty was originally published by Curbside Splendor Publishing in 2013, then republished in 2018 with Vintage Books. It is in development for adaptation as a television show on FX called Guts and Glory, with comedian Abbi Jacobson and writer Jessi Klein.[15]

In 2017, Irby's second book We Are Never Meeting in Real Life was published by Vintage Books. It made The New York Times best-seller list for paperback nonfiction.[16][17]

A fourth collection of essays, Wow, No Thank You, was released in March 2020.[18][19] Irby stated on her social media pages that her book tour would be online due to Covid-19.[20] The book debuted in the number one spot for Paperback Nonfiction. [21]

In 2018, Irby wrote an episode for the first season of Shrill. The episode, titled Pool, was the fourth episode of the first season, and was released on March 15, 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Irby married Kirsten Jennings in 2016.[22] She now resides and works in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[23]

Irby has been open about her struggles with Crohn's disease, degenerative arthritis and depression, often discussing her experiences in her writing.[23] She is friends with writers Roxane Gay and Lindy West.[24]


  • Meaty (2013, Curbside Splendor Publishing: ISBN 9780988825864: 2018, Vintage)[25][26]
  • New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions I Absolutely Did Not Keep (2017, Vintage, e-book: ISBN 9780525435150)
  • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life (2017, Vintage: ISBN 9781101912195)[27][28][29][30][31]
  • "Country Crock" in Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America (eds. Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding, 2017, Picador: ISBN 9781250155504)[32]
  • Wow, No Thank You.: Essays, (March 2020, Vintage, ISBN 978-0525563488)



  1. ^ "The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Samantha Irby". The Rumpus. June 21, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Samantha Irby on Writing Honestly And Avoiding Loose Change". WBEZ. June 20, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Seriously, Everything Is Funny to Samantha Irby". Elle. June 1, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Live Lit Series Guts & Glory Will End After Tonight's Show". Chicago. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 29, 2016). "FX Developing 'Meaty' Comedy From Jessi Klein, Samantha Irby & Abbi Jacobson". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Irby, Samantha (2018). Meaty. Vintage Books. pp. 12–13.
  7. ^ Irby, Samantha (2018). Meaty. Vintage Books. p. 7.
  8. ^ Irby, Samantha. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Vintage Books, 2017. p. 5
  9. ^ Irby, Samantha. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Vintage Books, 2017
  10. ^ "Samantha Irby Is Coming Out—Again". INTO. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Irby, Samantha. "bitches gotta eat". Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "Posts by Samantha Irby". The Rumpus. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  13. ^ Irby, Samantha (January 10, 2014). "Hide Your Good Snacks and Other Rules for How to Have Casual Sex". Jezebel. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "Tag Archives: Samantha Irby". In Our Words: Salon for Queers & Co. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Sam Irby on her new essay collection, parenting and her forthcoming pilot with Abbi Jacobson". Time Out. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  16. ^ Maslin, Janet (May 25, 2017). "Books to Breeze Through This Summer". The New York Times. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Paperback Nonfiction". The New York Times. June 18, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Sehgal, Parul (April 1, 2020). "The Wildly Funny Samantha Irby Is Back, Not a Moment Too Soon". New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2020. Print version, April 2, 2020, p. C6.
  19. ^ "Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby: 9780525563488 | Books". Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  20. ^ "samantha irby's Instagram video: "ok would you want me to read to you or should i get bent or what"". Instagram. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  21. ^ "Paperback Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  22. ^ Lang, Nico (August 17, 2017). "Samantha Irby Is Coming Out–Again". Into. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Samantha Irby Is Coming Out–Again". Into. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  24. ^ Bolonik, Kera. "The Acerbic, Unflinching Writing of Samantha Irby". New York. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  25. ^ Nicholson, Renée K. (May 23, 2014). "Book Review: Meaty by Samantha Irby". The Los Angeles Review. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  26. ^ "Samantha Irby Needs to Talk About Some Sh*t". Literary Hub. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  27. ^ Tang, Estelle (June 1, 2017). "Seriously, Everything Is Funny to Samantha Irby". Elle. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  28. ^ Hernandez, Jen Hamilton (August 7, 2017). "Book review: Irby writes about real life realistically". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  29. ^ "Powell's Q&A: Samantha Irby, Author of 'We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.' by Samantha Irby". Powell's Books. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  30. ^ "Megan Stielstra interviewing Samantha Irby: The right way to meet in real life". Chicago Reader. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  31. ^ Honey, Minda (June 2, 2017). "'Getting Worse/Better': Samantha Irby on Her New Book". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  32. ^ Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America. WorldCat. OCLC 1000527000.

Works cited[edit]

  • Irby, Samantha (2018). Meaty. Vintage Books.

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