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With Kathleen Madigan, what you see is what you get

By Tom Szaroleta
The Florida Times-Union
Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Interviewing comedians on the phone can be a pretty dicey proposition. Sometimes you get one who tries to do his act for you. Other times you get some surly guy who’d rather be at the dentist than talking with you. With Kathleen Madigan, you pretty much get Kathleen Madigan, that same lady you see on late-night talk shows and comedy specials. Her act really isn’t an act; that’s just who she is.

That surprises people sometimes when they run into her in the airport or the grocery store. They expect her to be funny all the time and, for the most part, she is.

“They don’t necessarily expect you to be ‘on,’ but they do expect you to be the kind of person you are on stage, which fortunately I am,” said Madigan, who does two shows Friday night at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. “I am pretty much the same as I am on stage.”

Madigan has been doing standup comedy for 25 years. She’s entertained the troops overseas, starred in her own specials and been on The Tonight Show 18 times. But she still finds time to pop into comedy clubs every chance she gets, just to see young comics working on their craft.

“I want to know what’s going on. I call it ‘going into the bubble.’ I have friends who are so rich and famous they just have no idea what’s going on any more. I never want to go into the bubble where I’m completely sheltered.”

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