Samantha McKiver Irby (born February 13, 1980) is an American comedian, author, and blogger. She runs the blog bitches gotta eat, where she writes posts about her personal life and events. Irby also co-hosted the live-lit show Guts and Glory in Chicago with Keith Ecker until 2015, when the show ended its run.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fourth collection of essays, Wow, No Thank You was released in March 2020. Irby stated on her social media pages that her book tour would be online due to Covid-19. The book debuted in the number one spot for Paperback Nonfiction.
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.