Comedian Kathleen Madigan has been in the stand-up business long enough that’s she’s seen the changes in media over the years from the interviewees perspective. Or rather, she’s heard it. There are two things that stand out. First, whereas interviewers who called her used to at least know a little something about comedy, now the person asking the questions might have read her Wikipedia page before picking up the phone, and that’s about it.
“It used to be very specified, like there was the theater review person who just wrote about plays and stuff, and there was the movie guy and then you had the concert lady,” she said. “Now it’s just all so blurred. I think people are getting stuff thrown on their desk and you can tell they don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s like if someone said ‘Hey, Kathleen, you have to call and interview this opera lady.’”
And two, the sheer numbers of interview requests have gone up exponentially.
“Now we’re counting blogs and websites as media,” she said. “It could be a guy in his basement in his underwear who has a blog, but I guess it doesn’t hurt for me to talk to him. I think in the end, in five or 10 years or so, it’ll wash out as to what’s real and what’s not, but right now, everything kind of is. It’s just fragmented right now.”
In other words, Madigan might get stuck for hours on the phone doing interviews.
“You could literally talk about yourself to different people for 24 hours a day, for a year. It’d be wonderful if you were a narcissist; you couldn’t wait to wake up every day,” she said. “But it’s the four interviews in between the other 12 that just drag. They suck your soul out.”