Actor? Nah. Madigan would rather do her act.

Will Harris

Kathleen Madigan is having far too much fun telling jokes to pursue a TV career.

It’s not that Madigan, a veteran stand-up comic who performs at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk on Saturday, is wholly against the idea of following the dozens of comedians who’ve made the migration to TV land. It’s never been one of her goals.

“I just don’t have any strong desire other than to keep writing and telling jokes,” she said. “I never got into this job to be an actor. To me, that’s like when people ask me, ‘So what are your other goals?’ And I’m, like, ‘Well, I don’t have any. This was the goal!’ And then I feel bad.

“But then I think, ‘Wait a minute, why should I feel bad about that?’ I mean, the goal was to tell jokes, to have fun, to make enough money to pay the bills, and to put enough money somewhere so that in retirement I’m not eating cat food… and I’m doing it.”

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