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.