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Being a stand-up comedian means being immediately reviewed by audience members on whether something is funny or not. Kathleen Madigan, who will appear April 1 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, finds the audiences’ honesty one of the most satisfying aspects of her career.
“My satisfaction in performing comes from the instant knowledge if something is funny or not and it’s brutally honest,” she said. “People may clap for a bad song, but they won’t fake laugh if something isn’t funny.”
Madigan has been making people laugh (the real thing, not a “fake” laugh) since she was a youngster.
“It’s funny, because everyone in my family is pretty funny,” Madigan said, “so I never thought making people laugh was a big deal. We all can kind of do it, so I don’t really remember thinking about it.”
There is little Kathleen Madigan hasn’t done in her roughly twenty years in comedy. She’s left her original profession (in her case, journalism), done the big move from St. Louis to L.A., toured the country, done every conceivable TV talk show, and even done reality television as a contestant on Last Comic Standing. Most recently, she’s played to the troops in Afghanistan, made the leap from clubs to theatres, and found herself on the set of the Dr. Phil show.
But unlike some for whom stand-up is a means to an end, the comedy is the thing for Madigan. It’s what sustains her. “[It’s] Just fun,” she told me, speaking by phone from Florida, where she was visiting family. “Just stupid fun. I mean, if I wasn’t onstage telling jokes I’d probably be just at a bar talking to somebody. It’s kind of the same, except somebody’s paying me.”
I spoke with Madigan about comedy, Dr. Phil, staying healthy, and a plethora of subjects ahead of her show this Friday at the Comedy Connection Wilbur Theatre. The vast majority of that conversation is included here.
Today, Kathleen Madigan gives us tantalizing details about golfing with her friends Lewis Black and Ron White.
“Lewis has gotten much better over the years. He’s really calmed down on the golf course,” she says.
Madigan confirms she has seen Black “helicopter” a club into the air (not a surprise, since his onstage demeanor is midlevel hyperventilation).
“He actually did that in Florida, into an environmentally protected alligator habitat,” she says.