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4 reasons why Kathleen Madigan loves LaughFest, Grand Rapids and Michigan

By: Jeffery Kaczmarczyk
Michigan Live
March 10, 2015

When comedian Kathleen Madigan says she can’t wait to get back to Grand Rapids for LaughFest, it could be a line. A half hour later, you’re convinced she’s totally serious about the festival of seriously funny stuff when says she’s happy to be back for her third appearance at Gilda’s LaughFest

Reason No. 1 – Why Kathleen Madigan loves performing at LaughFest:

“It’s one of the best comedy festivals I’ve ever been a part of. I was really blown away the first time,” said Madigan, the 1996 winner of the Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic at the American Comedy Awards

Not just by her audience but by her time spent in Grand Rapids.

Reason No. 2 – Why she loves visiting Grand Rapids:

“I actually like the city. I can walk around,” she said. “Chicago is fun, but you just aren’t going to walk off the stage and walk across the street to the bar.”

Madigan, 49, who appeared at LaughFest 2011 and 2012 returns tonight for LaughFest’s Signature Event, a gala fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, which created the community-based festival of laughter in 2011.

Joining her are three other past LaughFest headliners – Jim Breuer, Sinbad and Justin Willman – all hosted by Mike Kostka, who was the inaugural winner of LaughFest’s National Stand-Up Competition in 2011.

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Be a part of Kathleen’s next comedy special!

Kathleen will be taping her fourth standup special October 10, 2015 at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. Come be part of the audience and add your laughter to this brand new special. Tickets are now on sale!

Live comedy special taping
October 10, 2015
Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
7:00pm & 9:30pm

All patrons attending this performance will be requested to consent to being filmed for media included but not limited to television, DVD, film, online streaming and other media for use in Kathleen Madigan’s all new standup comedy special. If you do not wish to be filmed for appearance in the program, please do not attend this performance.



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Last Comic Standing’s Kathleen Madigan comes to Newton

Advertiser News
Mar 5, 2015

In her 22 year career, Kathleen Madigan has never been hotter. A “Last Comic Standing” finalist, Madigan was honored as “Best Female Comedian” by both the American Comedy Awards and the Phyllis Diller Awards. Madigan’s accessible and unpretentious style has earned her a devoted following, including Lewis Black who called her “the funniest woman in America.”

Her Showtime special, “Gone Madigan,” is in constant rotation and the DVD-CD of the special topped the Amazon and iTunes charts. Madigan has the entire year booked with theater gigs across the country and numerous television appearances. She went on her second Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s USO Holiday Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan. Madigan has shared the stage with Robin Williams, Lewis Black, Lance Armstrong, Kix Brooks and Admiral Mike Mullen who hosted the tour.

She’s had countless appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and every other late night show that has come and gone. She’s had her own specials on HBO and Comedy Central. In addition to stand-up appearances, Madigan has been a correspondent for The Dr. Phil Show, ESPN 2 and done commentary on VH1, CNN, E! , CMT and TV Guide’s Emmy Red Carpet. She’s performed not only in the US, but in Canada, China, Ireland and England.

Although she’s has turned down many writing jobs because she loves performing more, Madigan has written and produced for Lewis Black’s “Root of All Evil” on Comedy Central and for Garry Shandling.

“I’ll write for other people — not many — but a few and only if they have a clear voice and persona that I already think is funny and if they let me write in my pajamas and smoke,” Madigan said.

She’s a favorite on nationally syndicated radio shows such as “The Bob and Tom Show” and “The Stephanie Miller Show.” She’s also a constant on Sirius-XM Radio and last year beat out all the guys — including Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White and Jeff Foxworthy — to win the listener determined “Sirius Challenge Cup,” deeming her the number one favorite comedian on Sirius radio.

Born in St. Louis, she now lives in Los Angeles but spends, as she puts it, “inordinate amounts of time,” with her six siblings and parents who live in the Midwest where she hangs out on her farm and on a raft in a lake. After 22 years of 300 nights on the road, her goal remains to move to Ireland and drink Guinness while feeding her sheep herding dogs.



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Kathleen Madigan takes laughs to center stage at the Fox

The Press Enterprise
March 4, 2015

The Netflix revolution is changing the entertainment landscape and how fans watch television shows, movies and comedians in concert, and according to stand up comedienne Kathleen Madigan—who will perform at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside on Saturday, March 7—the format makes other networks such as HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central seem archaic.

“I tell people that Netflix is like the cool kid who lives next door, wears a hoodie and drinks coffee,” Madigan said in a recent phone interview. “But you don’t know what he does for a living and he lives in a nice house.”

Unlike major networks Madigan has worked with in the past, Netflix didn’t ask questions about the material she would be bringing to the stage. She sold her last comedy special “Madigan Again” in 2013 directly to the streaming and DVD-by-mail service.

“There is total trust,” she said. “It’s lovely.”

Another perk is that Madigan doesn’t have to track down dates and times her show will appear because it’s just available. She said not knowing air times is frustrating not only for performers but for fans as well.

“My mom would call me and tell me when I was on TV,” she said. “The networks don’t know when shows are going to air after the premiere. I would always ask and they said, ‘I don’t know.'”

She emphasized that television is for her parents’ generation.

“When I see a kid under 30 I always ask if they have a TV,” Madigan said. “The answer is usually ‘No.’ I don’t think 10 years ago anyone could have imagined there would be anything but TV.”

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Comedian Kathleen Madigan to bring the laughs to Riverside

By: Diana Sholley
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
March 3, 2015

Kathleen Madigan catapulted to fame when she was a finalist on the second season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” But the award-winning comedian said she still prefers to create a comfortable atmosphere each time she steps onto a stage.

“I want it to feel like a giant bar conversation,” explained Madigan, a regular panelist on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” “I talk about just normal, everyday stuff like family and current events.”

Madigan plans to bring her no-nonsense style of comedy to Riverside’s Fox Performing Arts Center on March 7 to share her down-to-earth take on the ordinary, observations she’s made during her more than two decades as a comic.

While Madigan became a household name in 2004 when she was one of the top three finalist in “Last Comic Standing,” her career spans more than 25 years with a humble start at open-mic nights at St. Louis comedy clubs. Now Madigan, who was recently nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic, has credits that include being a judge on Season 5 of “Last Comic Standing” and the star of comedy specials on HBO and Comedy Central.

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