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Madigan passed the bar to start her comedy career

By: Nick A. Zaino III
Boston Globe
March 27, 2014

Back before Kathleen Madigan was packing clubs and theaters as a stand-up comedian, she was making people laugh behind a bar in St. Louis. There were a lot of locals at the bar, and one in particular, a guy named Bill, used to come in every Monday when the horse track was closed. He wrote the racing picks for the local paper and was considered a “hard gambler,” according to Madigan. He wore a horseshoe ring and had a tough demeanor. No one thought Bill could laugh.

But Madigan made Bill laugh “all the time,” she says. “He was the nicest guy in the world. He just looked serious.”

Confident that her regulars found her funny, Madigan decided one night to go next door and see if she could make a whole crowd laugh at a stand-up comedy open mike. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I can make money doing this?’” she says. “At work I’m doing that part for free. I’m making money because I’m pouring drinks. But I could just stop pouring drinks? That’d be great!”

She hasn’t had to pour a drink in a long time. These days, her tour schedule is packed with theaters and opera houses. She sold enough tickets at the 1,200-seat Wilbur Theatre to add a second show Saturday.

Her success has been gradual, but that’s fine by Madigan. “The only thing I wouldn’t be able to tolerate is no change or a backward slide,” she says. “I wouldn’t do that. I would go open a bar.”

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AMERICAN COMEDY AWARD NOMINATION

American Comedy AwardsKathleen has been nominated as ‘Best Concert Comic’ in this year’s American Comedy Awards. Kathleen is nominated along with Bill Burr, Hannibal Burress, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt, Russell Peters, Brian Regan & Amy Schumer

Winners of American Comedy Awards are based on fan voting, but since this category was a late addition the winner will be determined by strictly by Twitter votes. Public voting for the “Concert Comic” award will take place beginning Thursday, March 27 at 1PM PST and will end on Tuesday, April 1 at 1PM PST. There is a limit of one vote per comic per valid Twitter account.

 

Here’s what you need to Tweet to vote for Kathleen:

Kathleen Madigan is my favorite Concert Comic and gets my vote in the #AmericanComedyAwards! @kathleenmadigan

NOTE: In order for the vote to count, your account must be set to “public.”

The awards ceremony will be held on April 26 at The Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC and will air on May 15 on NBC. For more info and a complete set of rules please check out the OFFICIAL RULES at NBC.com

 

 

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RON WHITE’S COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS AIRS 3/23 on CMT.

From a CMT press release…..

“RON WHITE’S COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS 2014″ PREMIERES SUNDAY, MARCH 23 AT 9 P.M., ET/PT ON CMT

NASHVILLE – March 13, 2014 – Comedian Ron White returns to the Mirage Hotel and Casino stage in Las Vegas for his fourth-annual COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS 2014, premiering Sunday, March 23 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT. Joined by fellow comedians Kathleen Madigan, Josh Blue, Roy Wood, Jr., Gabriel Iglesias and Geechy Guy, the 90-minute show will kick-off CMT’s CAN’T STOP LAUGHING WEEK.

Sin City serves as the perfect backdrop for this quirky group of comedians, as no subject is off-limits. Headlining this year’s diverse comedic lineup, White questions why the city has not legalized marijuana yet, and touches on his run-ins with the law and his secret to monogamy, all with his signature cigar and glass of scotch in hand.

The mission of White’s COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS is to raise funds for the Armed Forces Foundation and create awareness for PTSD. Included in the special are Retired USMC Gunnery Sergeant Samuel Deeds and his wife, as they discuss Deeds’ struggle with PTSD after returning home to his family from serving. The couple encourages awareness of this common battle and urges those affected to seek help from medical professionals, with the assistance of the Armed Forces Foundation.

For more information about the Armed Forces Foundation, visit www.ArmedForcesFoundation.org.

For more information and exclusive content, visit CMT.com, be part of the conversation with #SaluteToTheTroops and follow @CMT and @Ron_White on Twitter.

 

 

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OZZIE AND FRIENDS BENEFIT

President of the Gateway PGA Foundation and MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith has asked Kathleen to be part of an all star line-up at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis May 1, 2014 for a concert to benefit PGA REACH.

The proceeds from this event will help benefit the youth of the community by going directly to the PGA REACH. PGA REACH (Recreation, Education, Awareness, Community, and Health) focuses its resources and volunteers on keeping kids in school. As part of that, it recognizes that 80% of youth’s waking hours are spent outside of the classroom. PGA REACH has partnered with local organizations, corporations, and the community to invest in filling idle time for at-risk youth in our neighborhoods by creating meaningful change through new relationships, educational assistance, and greater access to activities. This program will also secure, support, and extend the REACH of local philanthropic organizations that help keep kids in school and improve their health, wellness, and career prospects not only for the present time, but for the future. For more information on PGA REACH please visit www.gatewaypga.org/pgareach.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Feb 14th at 10am CST. There will also be a one day pre-sale Thursday, Feb 13th 10AM to 10PM CST…use code Ozzie.
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For more information, please check out the event page.

 

 

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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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