Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, a six part comedy series featuring standup and sketches, began a six episode run on March 16, 2009; the first episode was watched by approximately 1 million viewers. It was executive produced by Armando Iannucci and script edited by Chris Morris. The first episode received positive reviews from The Independent and The Daily Mirror, although the show received a negative review, written by Stewart Lee in Time Out, in which he described himself as "fat" and his performance as "positively Neanderthal, suggesting a jungle-dwelling pygmy, struggling to coax notes out of a clarinet that has fallen from a passing aircraft". The second series won a BAFTA for Best Comedy Programme in 2012
Other television credits include the Bafta nominated, critically acclaimed My Mad Fat Diary, Walking and Talking and more recently the Emmy winning HBO show Veep (TV series), in which he directed episodes from season 2 & 3.
Look Around You won a Golden Rose at the Festival Rose d'Or for Best Comedy, and along with Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle' was nominated for a BAFTA and a British Comedy Award. Kombat Opera won 2 Golden Rose awards in 2008 (for Best Comedy and Best of 2008).
In commercials, his directing work includes ads for Nintendo, PlayStation, O2, Christian Aid, Grolsch, Remington, 118 118 amongst others. He wrote and directed the biggest and most watched campaign of 2005 - the Trails for The Ashes 2005 on Channel 4, (which won several awards in UK PROMAX). He has also worked with several agencies including TBWA, JWT, AMV, Mother and Euro RSCG London and picked up a GOLDEN LION in Cannes 2007 with “Warnie” another cricket-based campaign for the Ashes down under.
Kirkby is represented in the US by CAA, in the UK by Curtis Brown, and is represented as a commercials director in the UK by Bootlegfilms, and in the Republic of Ireland by Sweet Media.
- "You, Me and the End of the World* (2015)
- The C-Word (2015)
- "Man Seeking Woman* (2015)
- "Brooklyn Nine Nine* (2015)
- "Grace and Frankie* (2015)
- "Playing House* (2014)
- "Veep (TV series)* (2013, 2014)
- "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle* (2009, 2011, 2014)
- "My Mad Fat Diary* (2013)
- "The Alternative Comedy Experience* (2013)
- Walking and Talking* (2012)
- "Little Cracker - Better Than Christmas by Kathy Burke (2011)
- Count Arthur Strong's Entertainment Game (2010)
- Shit Club (2007)
- The Scum Also Rises (2007)
- Kombat Opera - Drinking in Nottingham (2007)
- Look Around You (2002, 2005)
- This is Genius - "No Place Like Holmes" (2006)
- This is Genius - "Lucas Wilson 3" (2006)
Television (as actor)
- Look Around You (2002–2005)