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.”