The Oakland Press
By GARY W. ALLISON
Special to The Oakland Press
April 25, 2013
What do you get, or rather, whom do you get, when Lewis Black calls you “the funniest comic in America, bar none,” and Ron White says you are “easily one of the best comics alive”?
If you answered Kathleen Madigan, then you’ve been paying attention.
In an hourlong telephone conversation, Kathleen talks about everything from leprechauns and obesity to fillet mignon addiction and social media. Needless to say, like her act, the conversation was eclectic.
Madigan, originally from St. Louis, now living in Los Angeles, is coming to the Royal Oak Music Theatre to film her latest one-hour television special on May 4. Mark Ridley, of Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, is promoting the show.
“My last special, Gone Madigan, was shot in New York,” she says. “I didn’t have a lot of say on location. This time around, though, I said that I don’t care what the cost is, we’re filming in Detroit.”
She has a healthy and twisted love for the area.
“Detroit is my best road city. I love the people. I told Mark (Ridley), let’s blow it out of the city.”
That is the healthy part. Each time Madigan has come to Detroit, her show has sold out. Her loyal fan base brings new people to shows every time, Ridley says. Then there is the twisted part.
“There’s also something about the danger aspect of Detroit,” she says. “Anything can happen. I feel a kinship, being from St. Louis, not exactly low on the murder rate. Plus, I think we’ve all resigned to the fact that we’re just functioning alcoholics now.”
Of course, this is all tongue in cheek, but when she tells people who have never been to Detroit that she is filming her special here, their eyes widen and they often ask her if it’s safe.
“They don’t know. All they know is what they see on TV. I know, because I’ve been to Detroit and it’s filled with great people that are smart, hard working, and know how to have a good time. They get it.”