By John Wenzel
The Denver Post
April 2, 2014
For a comedian with dozens of TV and radio show spots, national tours and industry honors under her belt, Kathleen Madigan has remained surprisingly candid about her motivations.
Of course that’s part of 48-year-old Missouri native’s charm: unlike some of her peers, who put their stand-up on hold for acting careers, or whose material grows fussier and more self-satisfied over time, Madigan is an old-school touring performer with an unpretentious take on her craft.
“I do it for the sake of doing it,” Madigan said over the phone from Los Angeles this week. “I don’t write a joke for any other reason than to see if I can convey a funny thought in a way that you get why it’s funny. It’s like hitting a golf ball correctly: I just want to see if I can do it again.”
We caught up with Madigan in advance of her shows at Durango’s Community Concert Hall at Ft. Lewis on April 3, the Paramount Theatre on April 4 (which is sold out) and Fort Collins’ Lincoln Center on April 5.
Q: Like Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan and some other comics you play Colorado pretty consistently and always do really well here. Do you have any idea why that is?
A: One reason might be that I was in the regular rotation at Comedy Works for years, and you end up building a presence within the city. Denver’s one of those cities I visit once or twice a year and have been doing so for 20 years, almost since I started. And Colorado people really take to comedy. You’re one of the good ones.
By: Nick A. Zaino III
March 27, 2014
Back before Kathleen Madigan was packing clubs and theaters as a stand-up comedian, she was making people laugh behind a bar in St. Louis. There were a lot of locals at the bar, and one in particular, a guy named Bill, used to come in every Monday when the horse track was closed. He wrote the racing picks for the local paper and was considered a “hard gambler,” according to Madigan. He wore a horseshoe ring and had a tough demeanor. No one thought Bill could laugh.
But Madigan made Bill laugh “all the time,” she says. “He was the nicest guy in the world. He just looked serious.”
Confident that her regulars found her funny, Madigan decided one night to go next door and see if she could make a whole crowd laugh at a stand-up comedy open mike. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I can make money doing this?’” she says. “At work I’m doing that part for free. I’m making money because I’m pouring drinks. But I could just stop pouring drinks? That’d be great!”
She hasn’t had to pour a drink in a long time. These days, her tour schedule is packed with theaters and opera houses. She sold enough tickets at the 1,200-seat Wilbur Theatre to add a second show Saturday.
Her success has been gradual, but that’s fine by Madigan. “The only thing I wouldn’t be able to tolerate is no change or a backward slide,” she says. “I wouldn’t do that. I would go open a bar.”
Kathleen has been nominated as ‘Best Concert Comic’ in this year’s American Comedy Awards. Kathleen is nominated along with Bill Burr, Hannibal Burress, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt, Russell Peters, Brian Regan & Amy Schumer
Winners of American Comedy Awards are based on fan voting, but since this category was a late addition the winner will be determined by strictly by Twitter votes. Public voting for the “Concert Comic” award will take place beginning Thursday, March 27 at 1PM PST and will end on Tuesday, April 1 at 1PM PST. There is a limit of one vote per comic per valid Twitter account.
Here’s what you need to Tweet to vote for Kathleen:
Kathleen Madigan is my favorite Concert Comic and gets my vote in the #AmericanComedyAwards! @kathleenmadigan
NOTE: In order for the vote to count, your account must be set to “public.”
The awards ceremony will be held on April 26 at The Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC and will air on May 15 on NBC. For more info and a complete set of rules please check out the OFFICIAL RULES at NBC.com
From a CMT press release…..
“RON WHITE’S COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS 2014″ PREMIERES SUNDAY, MARCH 23 AT 9 P.M., ET/PT ON CMT
NASHVILLE – March 13, 2014 – Comedian Ron White returns to the Mirage Hotel and Casino stage in Las Vegas for his fourth-annual COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS 2014, premiering Sunday, March 23 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT. Joined by fellow comedians Kathleen Madigan, Josh Blue, Roy Wood, Jr., Gabriel Iglesias and Geechy Guy, the 90-minute show will kick-off CMT’s CAN’T STOP LAUGHING WEEK.
Sin City serves as the perfect backdrop for this quirky group of comedians, as no subject is off-limits. Headlining this year’s diverse comedic lineup, White questions why the city has not legalized marijuana yet, and touches on his run-ins with the law and his secret to monogamy, all with his signature cigar and glass of scotch in hand.
The mission of White’s COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS is to raise funds for the Armed Forces Foundation and create awareness for PTSD. Included in the special are Retired USMC Gunnery Sergeant Samuel Deeds and his wife, as they discuss Deeds’ struggle with PTSD after returning home to his family from serving. The couple encourages awareness of this common battle and urges those affected to seek help from medical professionals, with the assistance of the Armed Forces Foundation.
For more information about the Armed Forces Foundation, visit www.ArmedForcesFoundation.org.
For more information and exclusive content, visit CMT.com, be part of the conversation with #SaluteToTheTroops and follow @CMT and @Ron_White on Twitter.