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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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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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