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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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President of the Gateway PGA Foundation and MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith has asked Kathleen to be part of an all star line-up at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis May 1, 2014 for a concert to benefit PGA REACH.

The proceeds from this event will help benefit the youth of the community by going directly to the PGA REACH. PGA REACH (Recreation, Education, Awareness, Community, and Health) focuses its resources and volunteers on keeping kids in school. As part of that, it recognizes that 80% of youth’s waking hours are spent outside of the classroom. PGA REACH has partnered with local organizations, corporations, and the community to invest in filling idle time for at-risk youth in our neighborhoods by creating meaningful change through new relationships, educational assistance, and greater access to activities. This program will also secure, support, and extend the REACH of local philanthropic organizations that help keep kids in school and improve their health, wellness, and career prospects not only for the present time, but for the future. For more information on PGA REACH please visit

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Feb 14th at 10am CST. There will also be a one day pre-sale Thursday, Feb 13th 10AM to 10PM CST…use code Ozzie.

For more information, please check out the event page.



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Kathleen Madigan’s show ‘reasonably clean’

By Cindy Watts
The Tennessean
Jan. 21, 2014

Comedian Kathleen Madigan said she’s “the woman at the end of the bar.” She tells Catholic jokes, laughs at both sides of the government, and takes pride in the fact that in
25 years, no one has ever walked out of a show.

“It’s reasonably clean,” she said of her show, which she will bring to Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Friday. “It’s not like I’m up there dropping 100,000 F-bombs. If you are offended by Catholic jokes, you should close your ears in that part.”

Madigan said she hangs her laughs on pointing out the absurd in almost every situation, including the government — but she’s not leaning right or left. “I don’t want to get into it,” she said. “Obama has done things that are completely absurd and George Bush did things that are completely absurd. There are comedians I think are preachy and if you’re passionate about it, go do something about it. Don’t be a comedian. I’m not here to take a stand and change your mind. I don’t think it’s my job.” Madigan calls her show a “mental vacation” and said she balances the content between familiar jokes and topics people have come to expect from her DVDs and comedy specials with current material ripped from the news.

“Whatever is super popular, I try to do but I also don’t want to be the person where you go, ‘Well, we heard all that crap the last time,’ ” said Madigan, who is a regular on latenight television. “It’s a very fine line to walk.”

More than anything, she just wants her audience to have a good time.



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Kathleen will once again join Ron White for his Comedy Salute to the Troops benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation. Official press release below with all the ticketing info….

LAS VEGAS (December 17, 2013) – The Mirage Hotel & Casino will host the sixth annual Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. The one-night show will take place at the Terry Fator Theatre with proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation.

“I look forward to spending the evening with some of my closest comedian friends as we do our best to raise these soldiers’ spirits, and at the same time, raise funds for a great cause,” said White. “I consider it an honor and a privilege and I believe that it’s the duty of each of us to give back to those who give so much – the bravest men and women on this planet. My friends and I are thrilled to be able to do it.”

White’s always-hilarious friends, including Gabriel Iglesias, Kathleen Madigan, Josh Blue and Roy Wood Jr., will join him on stage for an evening of laughter, good times and giving back. The show will be recorded in front of a live audience and will air on Country Music Television (CMT) at a later date. This is the fourth year White and CMT have partnered to air the special.

Tickets priced at $79.99, $99.99 and $109.99, plus service charges, are now on sale. For an additional $89, guests can upgrade their seats to a VIP package which includes priority seating, a copy of White’s newest DVD “A Little Unprofessional,” autographed by the comedian, a Q&A session and a complimentary photo. To charge by phone, call (800) 627-6667 or (702) 791-7111. Tickets also are available for purchase online at

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With Kathleen Madigan, what you see is what you get

By Tom Szaroleta
The Florida Times-Union
Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Interviewing comedians on the phone can be a pretty dicey proposition. Sometimes you get one who tries to do his act for you. Other times you get some surly guy who’d rather be at the dentist than talking with you. With Kathleen Madigan, you pretty much get Kathleen Madigan, that same lady you see on late-night talk shows and comedy specials. Her act really isn’t an act; that’s just who she is.

That surprises people sometimes when they run into her in the airport or the grocery store. They expect her to be funny all the time and, for the most part, she is.

“They don’t necessarily expect you to be ‘on,’ but they do expect you to be the kind of person you are on stage, which fortunately I am,” said Madigan, who does two shows Friday night at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. “I am pretty much the same as I am on stage.”

Madigan has been doing standup comedy for 25 years. She’s entertained the troops overseas, starred in her own specials and been on The Tonight Show 18 times. But she still finds time to pop into comedy clubs every chance she gets, just to see young comics working on their craft.

“I want to know what’s going on. I call it ‘going into the bubble.’ I have friends who are so rich and famous they just have no idea what’s going on any more. I never want to go into the bubble where I’m completely sheltered.”

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