Kathleen has a bit of advice for Brian Williams
Kathleen has a bit of advice for Brian Williams
By Dani Dudek
Feb 09, 2015
Comedian Kathleen Madigan performed at the Charleston Music Hall on Saturday with opening act Vic Henley. Madigan has appeared in numerous TV talk shows and has her own one hour special called “Gone Madigan” that premiered on Showtime and is now available on Netflix Here are our 5 Around Town five favorite moments of the packed show in Charleston.
1 – When the Alabama born Henley talked football in the South, he called Steve Spurrier “the head cock” and joked about how silly the rest of the country is for thinking their teams are real football teams.
2 – Henley’s Paula Deen accent is spot on. His recipe for fried lard? Not so much.
3 – Joking about Bill Cosby’s alter ego, Madigan said, “He’s not Cliff Huxtable! I wouldn’t see a cast member from Gillian’s Island and wonder, how’d they make it off the island?”
4 – When making a very timely statement about the Brian Williams scandal, Madigan told a story about being on an overseas mission with Lance Armstrong. “I had to listen to Lance talk about himself for two hours and didn’t throw him out of helicopter. I shoulda gotten a medal!”
5 – Discussing how to get people to cough up money for any kind of fundraiser, Madigan suggests using Sarah McLaughlin. Have you seen those sad animal ads? That’s the way you make things happen!
The laughs didn’t stop there. Madigan followed up her night in Charleston by live tweeting the Grammys, making statements like, “Kanye wore his best Al Sharpton velour track suit tonight. He and Kim deserve each other.”
By: Maria Martin
Charleston City Paper
February 4, 2015
Kathleen Madigan has performed on every late night show you can think of, from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman to Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She’s also done many comedy specials — one of which, Madigan Again, is currently available to stream on Netflix — and won several comedy awards, including the American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian.
But the comedian began her comedy career on a whim. Twenty-five years ago, she was working as a bartender next door to a comedy club and one day, she and a friend went to the club for a drink. The comedy club happened to be hosting an open mic night, and she and her friend each tried it out for fun. After that, Madigan just kept doing it. “You just keep going to open mic nights until you get enough time to do, like, 10 solid minutes,” she says. “Then there are gigs around every city that pay $20, $50, and you just hope you get asked to do one of those.”
Through her persistence, Madigan’s comedy career emerged. She can’t point to one moment when she realized that she was going to be able to make it as a comedian. “It’s kind of a day-by-day thing. There’s no one thing or time or moment, you just keep doing something every day, and you just keep getting a little bit better each day,” she says. “It’s very, very slow.”
February 3, 2015
Months ago, fans of comedian Kathleen Madigan made plans to catch her first appearance in Columbia. The show sold out early on – despite the fact that local audiences tend to have a commitment phobia.
Madigan’s Midwestern, middle-aged humor – making fun of her parents, speaking in dialect – has made her one of the most popular standup comics in the country.
“Very accessible and very, very funny,” said Katie Fox, director of the 400-seat Harbison Theatre at Midlands Tech, the venue, in its third season, that’s bringing Madigan to town.
Fans are coming from as far away as West Virginia to laugh with Madigan, booked at some point by nearly every late-night and standup TV show. She loves performing and has turned down a host of writing jobs to stay on the road 300 days a year.
So take heart: Locals who didn’t jump at the chance to see her Friday night are likely to get another shot before long.
Meanwhile, here’s an email Madigan sent in response to our query about Jim Cantore, the Weather Channel meteorologist. About a year ago, Cantore shrugged off a college student in Charleston who, in a highly publicized stunt, ran into the weatherman during a live broadcast about a coming storm. Cantore kneed the kid and kept right on talking. Madigan – who may have dealt with a heckler or two of her own during a 25-year career – rhapsodized:
“Jim Cantore’s episode in SC is EXACTLY why I love the Weather Channel. Not that I want Jim injured, but it’s really the only reality show on TV. …
Jim has no script and is thrown into crazy weather with crazy people all around him and both are capable of mayhem at any time. Yes, that’s a channel I want to watch. And even I have bouncers at a theater. Not Jim.
“You’re on your own, sir. Hope you’ve been to the gym lately. This tornado could throw a board at your face or a kid from Charleston might do a Jackie Chan impression to your groin.
No one likes the pro bowl. Not even the players. Maybe the spouses because I’m sure there’s good swag, but I’m not interested in a stranger’s spouse getting free hats. I’m sure it’s nice to be nominated and get the cash but if I’m gonna watch a bunch of millionaires do their job in a half ass careless manner, I’d rather watch Congress. The Pro Bowl started in 1951 and it seems like something from the 50′s. It’s so outdated, it should be shown in black and white. And we should air the commercials that were airing them. The entire concept is meaningless so I’m throwing this out to King Goodell:
GET RID OF THE PRO BOWL. Starting in 2016, it doesn’t exist. INSTEAD, create the REALITY BOWL! Here’s how it works. You open up a fantasy league, just like all the ones that exist and open it to everyone in the country. The top 2 winners of the regular season will now be heading to Hawaii to draft their new team from the pro bowl selections. They have to coach, do media and everything else a manager/coach would have to do. Play call, etc. They are allowed one coach to help them. They will be in the locker room, sideline and everywhere else exactly as managers/coaches. Every football fan thinks they know what plays to call so let’s see them do it.
I would kill to see my brother or brother in-law shit in his pants if he was the winner. Even if I didn’t know the two people, it would be hilarious to watch. Gambled on as a real game as well with Vegas odds. The halftime show would be features on the two winners. EVERYONE would watch and knowing how much of a money whore Mr. Goodell is, I don’t see how this idea can’t move up the ladder and become a reality. For once, do something proactive rather than stand at a podium lying your ass off to protect various criminals and or crimes. Fantasy football is the most gambled on event in sports.
Make it work Roger.