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Late Show appearance!

Kathleen will be do a set on the Late Show this week!

Late Show with David Letterman
Friday, September 27th
CBS, 11:35PM

If you miss it, you can tune into the Late Show website and watch online



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Joke for Charity

Here’s your chance to talk to Kathleen and donate to a good cause at the same time. Bid now on a phone call with Kathleen and she will tell you a personalized joke on National “Tell a Joke for Parkinson’s” Day on October 23! Proceeds from the auction benefit Shaking with Laughter 2013: A Funny Fundraiser for Parkinson’s.

Bidding ends Wed, October 2nd, 1:24PM EDT




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Kathleen Madigan talks Netflix, friend Lewis Black, Sally Lunchbox, more

by: Dylan Gadino
September 24, 2013

Over the past decade, Kathleen Madigan has quietly become one of the country’s most successful comedians. Although she’s been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 15 times, Late Show with David Letterman six times, Conan twice, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (and more), it’s not like she’s she has own talk show. And yet, she’s in the midst of criss-crossing the country performing at our nation’s finer theaters– all on the strength of her stand-up skills. It comes on the heels of her newest hour special Madigan Again, taped at the Royal Oak Theater in Detroit this past May. It’s currently available exclusively on Netflix and will be released on iTunes, CD and DVD on Oct. 8. I recently chatted with Kathleen about the new special, about her close friend Lewis Black (who opened for Kathleen for her special), about her early life in a Missouri suburb and much more. Check it out below! And be sure to catch Kathleen when she returns to Late Show with David Letterman this Friday, Sept. 27.

So how’s it going, Kathleen?
It’s going really great, Dylan. The last 10 years have been really good and now it’s really, really good. It gets to that point where you’re like, hey guess what— I don’t care about anything. It’s just a relief to go, ‘I’m good. I have a nice little house; I have a little farm in Missouri. I don’t care anymore, but in a good way. In a healthy way. It’s a positive ‘I don’t care.’

I’m glad to hear that.
All these people are like, ‘Don’t you want a sitcom?’ Why would I want to do that? Tell me one good reason that I would stop this life. I don’t think people understand. This was the goal. I just want to tell jokes and make money and not have to worry. I wasn’t a theatre major; I don’t want to be an actor on TV. This is what I wanted to be when I grew up. And then people ask, ‘Well what’s your next goal?’ ‘Hey, easy. I’m Irish. You’re lucky I came up with one. Just enjoy the ride. ‘What does your vision board say next?’ Uh, nothing.

Last year when the canceled all the soap operas I think it was CBS that called and they said they had an idea for you for a daytime show for me. And I don’t go to meetings anymore, ever. I’m not going to lunch. You can call me for drinks, but I’m otherwise, I’m done. I learned my lesson. And it’s not even that I’m tired. I’d rather just walk around my block. But I said ok, I’ll go. And when I get there, these people were describing their ideas for a daytime show, saying it’s sort of a theme show mixed with The View. It was just a pile of garbage.

But I sat there and I listened and then one of them said something like, ‘Every day you’d do a sketch about…’ and I said, ‘Whoa whoa, every day?’ And she was like, ‘Well, yeah.’ ‘Well, here’s the thing. I am not your lady. I don’t do anything every day except maybe drink one Bud Light Platinum or a nice glass of red wine.’ I said, I’ll make a list of women who would enjoy this; I could think of a lot of people who would be really appropriate but I should not waste anymore of our time and I will steal three bottles of Fiji water on my way out.

People are like, ‘Why not put your name in for The View?’ No, I don’t want to go somewhere every day. I don’t want a job. My dream job would be a thousand dollar-plus-air feature act. But that doesn’t exist anymore. But back in the day you could get $850 plus airfare and be the middle act. Everybody hollers and screams, what’s next? There is no next. This is it.

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Talking to Kathleen Madigan About Her New Standup Special, How Her Shows Are Like Bar Conversations, and Why She’s Not Part of the Scene

by Elise Czajkowski
September 20, 2013

A 25-year veteran of standup, Kathleen Madigan may be one of the most consistently great storytellers in comedy. Her third standup special, Madigan Again, premièred earlier this month on Netflix and will be available for download later this the year. She can also be seen on The Late Show with David Letterman next Friday, Sept. 27. I got the chance to talk to her over the phone recently about getting invited over to people’s houses, not knowing real jokes, and why she and Lewis Black have never been in the cool kids’ club.

How do you approach putting together a new special? Do you set out with a focus for the new hour, or is it just where your material is when you decide to record?

It’s where I am, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel like it was a really solid new hour. Like, I could have a new hour, but is it worth a special? It usually takes me about two years to write a new hour. And then people are like, “Oh, it takes too long.” Well, maybe it’s because I care. [Laughs] How ’bout that? I mean, I could pay writers to write me jokes, and I could stand there and just babble on if all that was required. But I’d rather it actually mean something to me. I just do it my way and it takes a little bit longer than if I paid people to write for me. But I’m fine with that.

I’m always so impressed by how seamlessly your shows flow – it really feels like just one long story. Do you develop it in that style, or do you just develop individual stories that you weave together?

The transitions just sort of appear. It really sort of does it on its own. I mean, I have to go on stage every night and do it, but the transitions become apparent. I’m not writing stuff on purpose to fit a transition, but things happen and then the transitions just make themselves clear. My act seems to go in chunks, and it’s always like the same four, maybe five chunks, which would be travelling, my family, politics, current events, and sport if any sports are really jumping out, like Olympic years. But it’s usually the same types, because that’s really what I’m interested in in life.

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Kathleen on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast

Kathleen joins Joe Rogan for the Joe Rogan Experience podcast tomorrow, Wednesday 9/18. The video stream goes live at 3pm PT. You can dial up the stream here – If you can’t watch live, it will be available at Joe’s website later in the week.




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