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KATHLEEN JOINS RON WHITE FOR SALUTE TO TROOPS

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 mirage.com.

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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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No frills, just funny: Kathleen Madigan talks Madigan Again, her 2013 stand-up special

by Sean McCarthy
The Comic’s Comic
December 19, 2013

Kathleen Madigan opens her latest stand-up comedy special, Madigan Again in Detroit first with Lewis Black by her side on a street in front of the Monument to Joe Louis, then a minute later onstage being introduced by Black. To which she responded, in kind: “How about one big hand for a guy working for $500 tonight!”

Madigan’s friendship with Black comes up again at the tail end of the hour, in which she recounts her first (and potentially last) trip aboard a cruise ship to perform with him. She pays the kindness forward to other comedians, as she told The Comic’s Comic in an interview this month to coincide with the release of Madigan Again in physical and digital audio/video formats (it premiered earlier this year via Netflix).

As a DVD, it’s pretty no-frills (no bonus featurettes or extras), but then again, Madigan is a no-frills kind of gal from a no frills family. Always has been. Focusing on the job of stand-up and being a solid professional at it. She drinks. She smoked (until recently). She just rejoined a gym but would rather still hang out in the bar, joking, “I’ve never stayed at a gym so long I got kicked out.” Younger people may enjoy horror movies, but only because they’re neither old nor wise enough to be horrified by the real world just yet.

She keeps her comedian friends close and her Democratic Irish Catholic family from St. Louis closer (even if, as she spoke with The Comic’s Comic, she was set to sign paperwork to help her parents make the big move to Florida).

In Madigan Again, she confesses her love of Twitter, believing that any good thought should and has been boiled down to 140 characters already. But in my interview with her, she also acknowledged that in other respects, she remains hopelessly behind on technology. Not that that bothers her at all.

“I don’t even know how to record my sets on my phone,” Madigan said.

Even 25 years into her career, at a point when she can choose where and how she records her stand-up for sale, her personal recording device is a Sony Minicassette recorder. “I did Letterman a couple of months ago,” she said. “This guy, Ryan…he went to Fallon now…he asked me to send him a link (to her stand-up).” Nope. Not going to happen. Didn’t happen. “What would be really funny is if I sent him my minicassette, and say, ‘You can buy a player at Walgreens if they have one left, I can mail you mine but you have to mail it back.’ ”

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Kathleen Madigan Again

By Heidi Simmons
Coachella Valley Weekly
January 1, 2014

What’s so amazing about comedienne Kathleen Madigan is she’s a natural. She is intuitive, observant and incredibly funny! Yet Madigan does not consider herself a “funny” person. But at the same time, she does not separate who she is from her work as a stand-up comic.

For the last 25 years, Madigan has been doing what she loves. “What I can give to the audience is a mental vacation,” said Madigan. “Comedy can transport you. People need to take a break. They get to check out. It’s a healthy escape.”

Madigan does an hour and twenty-minute routine without a gap or even a pause. Relaxed and comfortable on stage, she is a hilarious monologist. At times, Madigan chuckles and giggles amused by the stories she shares with the audience. It’s as if she is hearing the material for the first time. She describes her comedy as cynical, but silly. “There is always cynicism, but it’s also hopeful,” said Madigan. “It’s Irish cynicism.”

Perhaps her gift is a genetic thing. She is the middle child between four bothers and two sisters in an Irish-Catholic family. “Everybody is funny in my family. You had to be,” said Madigan. “It was every man for himself. Nobody in my family thinks I’m more talented than any one of them. I’m just the only one who went to open mic night.” Born and raised in Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, Madigan began her stand-up career when she was 23. Through high school and college, Madigan worked in restaurants and bars, where she further developed her sense of humor. “You become funny or you end up quitting,” said Madigan. “The food service industry is a horrible way to earn a living, so you have to turn the work into fun. So I worked with a lot of funny people.”

After college, Madigan briefly worked as a journalist for an in-house publication writing humorless profiles about the activities of the rich. At night she did open mic and tended bar. “I realized I could make enough money tending bar and traveling around doing comedy,” said Madigan. “It wasn’t that big of a risk at 23 to quit my day job. I figured if it didn’t work, I could regroup.” Today, Madiagn can’t even imagine what she might be doing other than stand-up.

Year after year, Madigan tours the country doing four or more shows a week. She usually takes the summer off. At least once a month, Madigan makes a television appearance. She is a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Besides the late night talk shows, her daytime appearances range from the The View to ESPN2. She has CDs, DVDs and recently made an HBO special. Madigan has performed stand-up in English speaking countries around the globe and has performed for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

When she finishes one tour, she starts another. “I really have to be on stage a lot to generate new material,” said Madigan. “It’s all in my head. Most of it is just about being on tage and doing it. You have to be in front of an audience. For me to get stuff done, I have to be doing it in front of people.” Madigan’s material comes from going about her life and just living. Between gigs, from show to show, being with family or reading a paper, she simply observes the world and takes note.

“It’s worked out so far,” said Madigan. “I’ve been very lucky. I still haven’t had to get a job.” She has been her own boss since her start. She is incorporated and President of her own company. Although Madigan admits she is a little concerned about a country that allows just anyone to walk around saying they are CEO for the relative small expense of incorporation. “I don’t know what it entails, or what the details are, but it’s legitimate.” What makes Madigan laugh are the stupid things on YouTube and Fred Willard. “I watched a dog attacking a hundred water bottles ten times,” said Madigan. “I watch dumb cat videos with my nieces. Maybe I’m really a five year old.” Her favorite movies are Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show.

When Madigan has free time, she likes to watch the History Channel. “When I’m off, I’m not going for funny. I tend to watch more drama,” said Madigan. “I’m around funny all the time. So when I’m not working, I go dark. There is a lot of World War II.” While working at the St. Louis Funny Bone, Madigan admired Ron White, Lewis Black, Gary Shandling and Brett Butler. They served as mentors. “They weren’t famous then, they were just the people working at the club,” said Madigan. “When I started, they were the ones I saw. And they are still my friends.”

Madigan will be performing at the Spotlight 29, Saturday, January 11. Her tour consists of old, new and favorite material. She can make stuff up in the moment and there is nothing she’d rather be doing. This coming summer, Madigan will take work just for the fun of it. She will do the Cat Laughs festival in Kilkenny, Ireland and the Cottage Festival in Canada. “It’s not about the money,” said Madigan. “It’s just really, really fun.”

Fun and funny are just a part of who Madigan is. It seems the only difference between Madigan the person and Madigan the stand-up comedienne is the volume of laughter.

 

 

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MADIGAN AGAIN DVD NOW AVAILABLE!

Just in time for the Holiday gift giving season, Kathleen’s latest DVD, Madigan Again, is now officially released and available at finer retail and online establishments. But if you buy through our online store, you can add some great Madigan Again merch bundles (Tshirt/bottle opener/can koozie) AND get flat rate shipping on orders over $50.

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Madigan Again DVD Release

 

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