Set your DVRs! Kathleen will be doing a sketch on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno for Thursday, July 25th, NBC, 11:30PM ET.
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Kathleen was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 3rd. Miss it? Watch the clip below….
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Kathleen makes her eleventy (yes, we’ve lost count) appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Monday June 3rd 11:35PM/10:35PMc. If you can’t watch live or on DVR you can always catch the show on The Tonight Show website.
The Oakland Press
By GARY W. ALLISON
Special to The Oakland Press
April 25, 2013
What do you get, or rather, whom do you get, when Lewis Black calls you “the funniest comic in America, bar none,” and Ron White says you are “easily one of the best comics alive”?
If you answered Kathleen Madigan, then you’ve been paying attention.
In an hourlong telephone conversation, Kathleen talks about everything from leprechauns and obesity to fillet mignon addiction and social media. Needless to say, like her act, the conversation was eclectic.
Madigan, originally from St. Louis, now living in Los Angeles, is coming to the Royal Oak Music Theatre to film her latest one-hour television special on May 4. Mark Ridley, of Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, is promoting the show.
“My last special, Gone Madigan, was shot in New York,” she says. “I didn’t have a lot of say on location. This time around, though, I said that I don’t care what the cost is, we’re filming in Detroit.”
She has a healthy and twisted love for the area.
“Detroit is my best road city. I love the people. I told Mark (Ridley), let’s blow it out of the city.”
That is the healthy part. Each time Madigan has come to Detroit, her show has sold out. Her loyal fan base brings new people to shows every time, Ridley says. Then there is the twisted part.
“There’s also something about the danger aspect of Detroit,” she says. “Anything can happen. I feel a kinship, being from St. Louis, not exactly low on the murder rate. Plus, I think we’ve all resigned to the fact that we’re just functioning alcoholics now.”
Of course, this is all tongue in cheek, but when she tells people who have never been to Detroit that she is filming her special here, their eyes widen and they often ask her if it’s safe.
“They don’t know. All they know is what they see on TV. I know, because I’ve been to Detroit and it’s filled with great people that are smart, hard working, and know how to have a good time. They get it.”
The Detroit News
April 25, 2013
There were multiple high-powered and important meetings involved in setting up Kathleen Madigan’s new comedy special, which will be filmed next week in Royal Oak. If she tries hard, she might be able to remember some of them.
Her role basically consisted of answering the question, “Detroit? Why the hell are we going to Detroit?” Beyond that, she says, she mostly drifted off.
The business end of a television special is complicated, she explains, which is to say confusing. As someone who only recently learned that her DVD player could receive movies digitally from Netflix — the big sticker on it that said “Netflix” wasn’t enough of a clue — her time is better spent pondering other things, like how to greet people.
“I always say, ‘Nice to see you,’” says Madigan, 47. Not “Good to meet you,” because that has a very high embarrassment potential: “Meet me? I was your sister’s bridesmaid.” No, it’s better to go with nice-to-see-you, “like there’s some sort of natural disaster and we all survived.”
Madigan was speaking from her oft-empty home in West Hollywood. (“Me and 9,000 gay men, and it’s lovely. Everybody’s yard looks nice.”)
Soon, she would be off to Milwaukee. Next up: Sheboygan, Wis., and then Orlando, her last stop before Michigan on May 4.
“I love the road,” she says, which is good, because she’s on it a lot, even if she’s not driving from bowling alleys to Moose Lodges in a Mercury Tracer anymore.
At her level, she’s mostly flying in and playing showrooms like the Royal Oak Music Theatre. It wasn’t long ago, though, that she came home and found her prize $7 freshwater gray shark had leaped from his tank and expired on the sofa.
“Even the fish were saying, ‘This life is ridiculous.’”