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.