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Shawn Hansen’s Comedy Corner with Kathleen Madigan

By Shawn Hansen
The Valley Patriot
March 25, 2014

Kathleen Madigan, comedian from Florissant, Missouri will be performing at The Wilbur Theatre at 246 Tremont Street in Boston this Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. “I’ve been there a bunch of times,” said Madigan. “It’s one of my favorite venues because they let people bring drinks in. Everyone is happier when they have a drink.” Working at Comedy Connection and Nick’s in the past Madigan who is from Missouri said she has been coming to the Boston area for a long time.

In the comedy scene for 25-years, Madigan said she stumbled upon comedy while walking into a bar as it “accidentally happened.” From Missouri, she said I pronounced her states name correctly as some people usually say “Missoura” or “Mississippa” explaining that those names do not have an A on the end of them.

Recently performing in Florida, Los Angeles, Providence, Rhode Island and Palm Springs she will be in North Hampton the night before appearing at The Wilbur Theatre on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

“I’ll get in early enough to find some clam chowder and I know that sounds like a tourist but I don’t care,” said Madigan.

“Madigan Again” is the name of her most recent special that came out on NetFlex where the 25-years into the comedy scene year old comic said she likes because it is on whenever someone wants to watch it.

“I’ve had specials on HBO and Showtime and people go, ‘When can I see it?’ and I’ll be like ‘I don’t know.’ On NetFlex you can watch it anytime you want. It’s a great way to instantly reach people,”’ said Madigan.

The best part of putting a special together in the mind of Kathleen Madigan is the “alcohol after I’m done” but is more of the hype of knowing what city she will be performing in. stating the fact the jokes are obviously a very important part of the production of her specials, Madigan said she gets excited knowing what city she will perform in.

“I like to call my act pretty much like the movie Arthur,” said Madigan when answering a question about what her standup is all about. “It’s really fun. It’s not going to change your life, but you will remember a couple of funny things, and you had a good time, so there you go.”

Opening for Madigan will be Comedian Vick Henley who Madigan said is a New York guy from Alabama.



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Kathleen Madigan to bring her Midwest comic sense to Northampton’s Calvin Theatre

By George Lenker
The Republican
March 22, 2014

Comic Kathleen Madigan doesn’t feel it’s particularly difficult for women to make it in comedy if they’re good. But she does have a formula about the subject.

“As far as the audience perception, if you’re a woman, you start off at minus one,” she said. “If you’re a white guy, you’re at a zero, and if you’re a black guy, you’re at plus one. But that also comes with higher expectations. You’d better be good.”

But Madigan’s 25 years in the business probably mean she suffers from no such bias. She will bring her act to the Calvin Theatre on Friday, March 28. She chatted about her career
during a telephone interview last week.

How hard is it to keep coming up with new material after doing this for 25 years?

Because most of my material is stuff that really happens, as long as I’m still doing stuff, I will never run out of material. People say there are really only five jokes – or whatever that old saying is – that’s ridiculous. Because new things happen every day. How can you think that there’s only five basic jokes? If you think that, then you are not at all creative.

Are you surprised you’ve been able to sustain a career in such a tough field for so long?

Well, I still am able to keep making money at it. But it’s like I told my sister, I’m waiting for someone to come knock on my door and say, “Okay Kathleen, here’s the thing. We found out and now it’s time for you to get a real job.” (Laughs.) I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be 40 years old and be stuck in something I didn’t want to do and be crabby. So every year I have to see signs that this is going in the right direction. But every year the gigs get better and the money gets better so I just go okay, I guess I’m supposed to keep going.

You had a special, “Madigan Again,” last year. How long does it take to put together a set for a show like that and how do you go about it?

It’s basically just my act. I mean, by the time we filmed that, I already had more material than I used and that’s just what I picked for that special. There’s some stuff – I called them throwaway jokes –that are just okay, or there’s a time limit on them and they’re fine but they are not going to make the cut. They’re like B-sides. Maybe someday I’ll do a whole thing of B-sides. Jokes I wrote down and maybe did in some clubs but never recorded them in any way.

That’s actually an interesting idea. It might be cool.

Yeah but it also might be weird. (Laughs.)

You’re from St. Louis and started out there, when most big comics seem to start out on one of the coasts. How were there enough clubs to give you a good start?

Here’s the secret, golden key that I had, that really only comics know about: For about 1 billion years, there was a comedy chain called the Funny Bone. They still exist, there still about five of them around I think. But the headquarters, bizarrely enough, was in St. Louis. So once I got in with them, they booked me at all their clubs twice a year. And they had 12 at the time so that was 24 weeks of my year already booked. So all I had to do was fill in the rest with one-nighters or college gigs or whatever. It was the most fortuitous Irish luck-out ever. I say to my parents, “I’d like to thank you for situating us in a city where the biggest comedy club chain was headquartered.”

That is pretty amazing.

But even if I hadn’t got that break, everything is so centrally located. Just get in the car and in 4 1/2 hours I am in Memphis, or Chicago, or Little Rock, or Kansas City. I always feel really bad for comics starting out in Montana or Texas. It takes like 12 hours just to drive out of Texas. I mean, the East Coast comics have it good because they can just go up and down the coast. But if you’re in St. Louis and you have a car, it’s perfect.

Since you studied journalism and actually were a reporter for a while, let me ask you this: If you were interviewing yourself what question would you ask yourself that most people haven’t asked you?

Well, this is only because I think about it often myself: If I quit comedy, what would I want to do? And I think what I would really want to do – and I don’t think I’m smart enough in science (laughs) I don’t know – is be an FBI profiler. But I don’t think I could just do that. I think you have to be a cop first.

Well, you are Irish.

(Laughs.) Yeah but I’m not going to do push-ups.



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From a CMT press release…..


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

For more information and exclusive content, visit, be part of the conversation with #SaluteToTheTroops and follow @CMT and @Ron_White on Twitter.



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Kathleen Madigan brings award-winning humor to Birchmere

By Will C. Franklin
Fairfax County News
March 17, 2014

Comedian Kathleen Madigan has appeared on pretty much every late night TV show – from Leno to Letterman, Ferguson to O’Brien.

Just don’t look for her to have her own show anytime soon. Not because there haven’t been offers, but because she simply not interested in having one.

“I just know how much work is involved and I know the odds of it ever really getting on television, much less being good, are so slim to none I don’t want it badly enough,” Madigan said. “I say that out loud and people don’t believe that. I’m like, ‘I don’t know what else I can do to make you believe that I didn’t get into this to be an actor.’”

Madigan, the award-winning stand-up comic, will bring her show to the Birchmere in Alexandria for three nights, beginning Friday.

In September, Madigan released her third hour-long special, “Madigan Again,” which premiered exclusively on Netflix before being available for purchase on CD, DVD and digital download. iTunes named the special one of the best comedy albums of the year. Although it’s nice to hear the kudos, Madigan said she just keeps moving forward. “You just keep going because they could say it was the worst one,” Madigan said. “Then what are you going to do? You can’t really take it that seriously. It’s nice when people say that, but you can’t start putting all kinds of credence in that.”

Madigan said she knows comics that are quick to say they don’t listen or pay any attention to reviews.

“Yeah, you do,” Madigan said. “Like, if I read one comment out of 50 that said I sucked, then I’m going to say that person just doesn’t like me. That’s fine. Not everyone is going
to like you. But if it’s 49 out of 50 who said I was horrible, you’ve gotta pay attention to that.”

The popular comedian, who grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, has been performing her stand-up shows for 25 years. Madigan said there’s nothing really special to what she’s done over the years, just that she’s kept going.

“People say, ‘Oh, what put you over the top?’ There is no one thing; you just keep doing it,” Madigan said. “Everything is get up, get up, and keep doing it.”

Madigan is quick to point out that she gave herself little outs over the years. For example, she would tell herself if she didn’t make a certain amount of money within the year, she would look for something else.

“At some point, you’ve got to go, ‘Wait a minute. Is this the right thing or should I start thinking about doing something else?’” Madigan said. “So far, every year it just keeps getting better and better. So I see no reason to quit. I don’t even know what I’d do now. I don’t even have a resume!”

Luckily for Madigan, she doesn’t have to polish off that hypothetical resume. Her shows are selling out across the country and, according to her, venues are asking her to add extra performances to accommodate the demand.

Touring is just fine for Madigan. She spends about 300 days a year touring. When she does have free time, she spends it with her family in Missouri. In the meantime, Madigan is being courted by television producers left and right. Her mind, however, is pretty much made up.

“Not that I would compare myself to him, but Willie Nelson is just always going to be on the road,” Madigan said. “He’s never getting off the bus. That’s what he does. You do what you do. I think when stand ups started getting sitcoms, all these other people who wanted a sitcom got into stand up. … They use it as a door to a different world.”



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Kathleen Madigan brings her dry wit to Wells Fargo Center

By John Beck
Press Democrat
February 13, 2014

During President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, comic Kathleen Madigan was hard at work on Twitter. She was recording the show, then rewinding and freezing
frames to take photos and post to Twitter.

Example: Photo of Vice President Joe Biden smirking behind a somber President Obama, while pointing to someone in the audience — “My place after this? Yeah you. Oh yeah.” It’s what she calls “the bonus material.”

“My friend Lewis Black doesn’t get it,” she says. “But I love Twitter. It’s so instantaneous.”

It’s also known as the free stuff that comics dangle like catnip to keep their fans on the line until the next show.

A decade after she was named a finalist on the TV show “Last Comic Standing,” Madigan is still going strong at 48, or as she puts it: “My whole career has been built on the next thing. I’ve never had a big thing. It’s just a continuous series of keep doing it, keep doing it, keep doing it.” Before the dry, observational comic drops in for laughs Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa, she took time out to chat about Twitter, chicken wire and Dudley Moore.

Q: It used to be a comic could come home and just shut down and turn off. Now on Twitter you have to be on 24-7.

A: And some of the stuff isn’t even meant to be funny. It’s just extra stuff. Sometimes somebody will say, “That wasn’t a funny joke.” I’m like, it wasn’t a joke, jackass. Do you want to get to know me? Or do you just want jokes all the time?

Q: Can you imagine if we could have live-tweeted the 1994 police chase of OJ Simpson in the white Bronco?

A: How fun would that have been? We didn’t even have cell phones back then. I remember I was headlining that night and I went on just as the chase started and I came back and they were still chasing him. For once, I was in on the action.

Q: I’m thinking all that tweeting and taking pictures of the TV is hard work. There’s got to be a comic out there who has someone doing that for them. Like we’re going to see a new comic come out in a few years and he’ll be billed as “the guy who live-tweeted for Jerry Seinfeld for the past three years.”

A: You’re always thinking of the future. I never thought of that. I’m always a year behind. That’s the story of my life.

Q: What’s the perfect show like for you these days?

A: A venue where you can bring drinks in? I like the ones where they supply those adult sippy cups so people don’t ruin the fancy carpet.

Q: How about the worst shows you’ve done?

A: I saw a movie the other night where this guy was playing guitar behind chicken wire and I said, “I’ve done that!” I did shows like that in Kansas where they’ve put chicken wire up because people like to throw bottles at the stage.

Q: I promise they won’t throw bottles in Santa Rosa. What should we expect in your show?

A: It’s a mental vacation. Did you like the movie “Arthur”? Yes. Did it change your life? No. But when you think of it, you smile. That to me is my act. It’s basically “Arthur.” If you want to check out and laugh, fine, but I’m not going to change the world.



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