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With Kathleen Madigan, what you see is what you get

By Tom Szaroleta
The Florida Times-Union
Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Interviewing comedians on the phone can be a pretty dicey proposition. Sometimes you get one who tries to do his act for you. Other times you get some surly guy who’d rather be at the dentist than talking with you. With Kathleen Madigan, you pretty much get Kathleen Madigan, that same lady you see on late-night talk shows and comedy specials. Her act really isn’t an act; that’s just who she is.

That surprises people sometimes when they run into her in the airport or the grocery store. They expect her to be funny all the time and, for the most part, she is.

“They don’t necessarily expect you to be ‘on,’ but they do expect you to be the kind of person you are on stage, which fortunately I am,” said Madigan, who does two shows Friday night at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. “I am pretty much the same as I am on stage.”

Madigan has been doing standup comedy for 25 years. She’s entertained the troops overseas, starred in her own specials and been on The Tonight Show 18 times. But she still finds time to pop into comedy clubs every chance she gets, just to see young comics working on their craft.

“I want to know what’s going on. I call it ‘going into the bubble.’ I have friends who are so rich and famous they just have no idea what’s going on any more. I never want to go into the bubble where I’m completely sheltered.”

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No frills, just funny: Kathleen Madigan talks Madigan Again, her 2013 stand-up special

by Sean McCarthy
The Comic’s Comic
December 19, 2013

Kathleen Madigan opens her latest stand-up comedy special, Madigan Again in Detroit first with Lewis Black by her side on a street in front of the Monument to Joe Louis, then a minute later onstage being introduced by Black. To which she responded, in kind: “How about one big hand for a guy working for $500 tonight!”

Madigan’s friendship with Black comes up again at the tail end of the hour, in which she recounts her first (and potentially last) trip aboard a cruise ship to perform with him. She pays the kindness forward to other comedians, as she told The Comic’s Comic in an interview this month to coincide with the release of Madigan Again in physical and digital audio/video formats (it premiered earlier this year via Netflix).

As a DVD, it’s pretty no-frills (no bonus featurettes or extras), but then again, Madigan is a no-frills kind of gal from a no frills family. Always has been. Focusing on the job of stand-up and being a solid professional at it. She drinks. She smoked (until recently). She just rejoined a gym but would rather still hang out in the bar, joking, “I’ve never stayed at a gym so long I got kicked out.” Younger people may enjoy horror movies, but only because they’re neither old nor wise enough to be horrified by the real world just yet.

She keeps her comedian friends close and her Democratic Irish Catholic family from St. Louis closer (even if, as she spoke with The Comic’s Comic, she was set to sign paperwork to help her parents make the big move to Florida).

In Madigan Again, she confesses her love of Twitter, believing that any good thought should and has been boiled down to 140 characters already. But in my interview with her, she also acknowledged that in other respects, she remains hopelessly behind on technology. Not that that bothers her at all.

“I don’t even know how to record my sets on my phone,” Madigan said.

Even 25 years into her career, at a point when she can choose where and how she records her stand-up for sale, her personal recording device is a Sony Minicassette recorder. “I did Letterman a couple of months ago,” she said. “This guy, Ryan…he went to Fallon now…he asked me to send him a link (to her stand-up).” Nope. Not going to happen. Didn’t happen. “What would be really funny is if I sent him my minicassette, and say, ‘You can buy a player at Walgreens if they have one left, I can mail you mine but you have to mail it back.’ ”

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MADIGAN AGAIN DVD NOW AVAILABLE!

Just in time for the Holiday gift giving season, Kathleen’s latest DVD, Madigan Again, is now officially released and available at finer retail and online establishments. But if you buy through our online store, you can add some great Madigan Again merch bundles (Tshirt/bottle opener/can koozie) AND get flat rate shipping on orders over $50.

Check out all the fantastic Madigan Again merch HERE!

Madigan Again DVD Release

 

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MADIGAN AGAIN CD AND DVD AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

Madigan Again CD/DVD Pre-orderMadigan Again is now available in the online store!

The CD is officially released Tuesday, October 8th ORDER NOW!

The DVD will be released December 10th PRE-ORDER TODAY!

We also have some fun merch bundles you can add on with your order. Bundles contain limited edition t-shirts (men’s and women’s), can koozies and bottle openers all with the date of the taping and logo.

MEN’S MERCH BUNDLE

WOMEN’S MERCH BUNDLE

Want to go digital? Download the audio CD direct from iTunes

 

 

 

 

 

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Late Show appearance!

Kathleen will be do a set on the Late Show this week!

Details….
Late Show with David Letterman
Friday, September 27th
CBS, 11:35PM

If you miss it, you can tune into the Late Show website and watch online

 

 

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