By Kathy Folk
April 10, 2014
It truly is a gift to be able to make people laugh.
To make a living making people laugh takes that gift to another level.
And that’s where you’ll find comedian Kathleen Madigan, who brings material from her “Madigan Again” show to the Santander Performing Arts Center Friday night at 7:30. According to www.kathleenmadigan.com, Madigan has spent 300 nights a year on the road for the last 25 years. In addition to touring, she has appeared on television shows such as “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “The Late, Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien.
Leno has called her “one of America’s funniest female comics.” “The funniest woman in America,” said comedian Lewis Black, with whom Madigan performed for two USO tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Easily one of the best comics alive,” said comedian Ron White.
Those guys know funny.
“Madigan Again,” an hourlong special, was released in September exclusively on Netflix, and was named by iTunes as one of the best comedy albums of 2013. It’s available on CD, DVD and audio or video download, if you want to get a little taste of what you can expect at the live show.
“I just want to tell jokes,” Madigan said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. “I didn’t start doing open mics to become an actor on a sitcom or in a TV commercial. I just like to tell jokes for an hour or so and laugh.
“For a few of us working today, this was our goal. We don’t have any more goals. Can’t you ever have a goal, reach it and then enjoy it? This society is being driven by Type A lunatics that say, ‘You have to set more goals.’ No you don’t. Have a seat and enjoy the fact that you’re here! Maybe that’s the Irish in me talking, though.”
Madigan was named the funniest female stand-up comic at the American Comedy Awards in 1996.
In 2004, she was a finalist on the NBC reality series “Last Comic Standing,” and was the only contestant who went unchallenged by any of the other comics on the show. She was a talent scout for the show in 2007.
She was born in St. Louis on Sept. 30, 1965, one of seven children in a working-class Irish Catholic family, according to comedians.about.com.
The website describes her humor as sarcastic, dry and working-class observational.