By: Dustin Schoof
October 9, 2014
Comedian Kathleen Madigan is a late-night talk show staple and, according to The Detroit Free Press and popmatters.com, one of the “9 Funniest Women on the Planet.”
Her latest standup special, “Madigan Again,” was released in September on Netflix.
On Oct. 17, she returns to the State Theatre in Easton. Madigan last performed at the theater in 2012.
But did you know Madigan enjoys collecting ceramic animals and other curiosities from the cities she visits, including a ceramic Big Foot? Or that she is a fan of Bud Light?
Here are 15 things we learned about Madigan during a recent phone interview:
1.) She keeps a purple ceramic fox named “Easton” in her backyard.
The comedian says she purchased the ceramic critter from Easton-based boutique shop Mercantile Home during her last visit to the city. She named it Easton and keeps it in her backyard to remind her of the city from which it came. Madigan also purchased a ceramic squirrel, and unbeknownst to him, sent it to comedian Lewis Black to freak him out.
“I can find really weird stuff in Montana, but not if I’m Cleveland or St. Louis,” Madigan says. “I’ve got to go to little towns like Easton to find it.”
2.) Theater performances tend to attract looser audiences.
“(In) Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, there are certain states that have these old-timey, cool theaters. Even though I do (shows) at them, performing arts centers sometimes are staid and a little bit uptight,” she says.
3.) Madigan compares seeing her stand-up to watching the original “Arthur.”
“It’s an hour and a half of an escape,” Madigan says. “It’s like watching a movie, you’ve had a lot of fun, there’s no underlying message. I compare it to the movie ‘Arthur.’ I don’t remember why I like it but Dudley Moore is funny.”