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Kathleen to be a panelist on The Nightly Show

Kathleen will be a panelist on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Tuesday January 20th, Comedy Central 11:30pm ET.

In case you missed the show…here’s a clip of Kathleen on the panel discussing Cosby:



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Kathleen Madigan on comedy, controversy and a career in the spotlight

The tribune
January 14, 2015

For someone who can’t stand the spotlight, standup comedian Kathleen Madigan picked one hell of a career.

“If I hear somebody go ‘Kathleen!’ my immediate reaction is defensive and aggressive,” she quipped. “(Growing up) if you heard your name called, it was never good. It was like, ‘Somebody broke this lamp and your brother said it was you.’”

These days, Madigan may find it increasingly difficult to avoid attention.

Her latest comedy special, “Madigan Again,” premiered in September 2013 on Netflix, earning her an American Comedy Award nomination for best concert comic. She counts Lewis Black and Ron White among her admirers. And she’s currently racking up tour dates across the country.

Madigan, 49, grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Florissant, Mo., as part of a large, sarcastic Irish-American clan.

She and her six siblings spent much of their childhoods blissfully unsupervised by their father, a worker’s compensation lawyer, and mother, a nurse turned stay-at-home mom.

“Half the time, my mother didn’t even know where we were,” Madigan recalled. “That was fine with me. … I didn’t even want attention. I loved the lack of focus.”

Madigan worked as a bartender, waitress and newspaper reporter before trying her hand at standup comedy — cutting her teeth at open mic nights across the St. Louis area.

Money was a key motivator, she said.

“Honestly. I found out you could make 250 bucks if you had 10 minutes (of material) and could be an opening act,” said Madigan, who holds a journalism degree from Southern Illinois University. “A real job never appealed to me. I didn’t like the whole nine-to-five (thing). I just hated it.”

Comedy, in contrast, “comes easy to me,” she added.

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Kathleen’s next special to be filmed in Milwaukee

We know you all have been clamouring for a new special and now one is on the horizon!

Kathleen will film her next special this October in Milwaukee at the Pabst Theatre. We’ll have all the details on dates, times and ticket sales soon. Stay tuned!



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Kathleen Madigan to Perform Aces of Comedy Show at The Mirage

By: Jena Pugh
Best of Vegas

When Jay Leno says you’re “One of America’s funniest female comics” and Lewis Black calls you “the funniest woman in America” you know you’ve hit your comedic sweet spot. Kathleen Madigan has done just that and now she’s spreading her hilarity in Las Vegas when she makes a stop at the Mirage for a one-night-only show June 12.

If you don’t know Kathleen Madigan you don’t know funny. The female comedian has spent the past 25 years performing on nearly every standup television show ever made including appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” David Letterman, Conan, Craig Ferguson and many more. She’s worked her way from the bottom to being one of the funniest comedians (not just funniest female) of all time. Along the way she has racked in the awards and gained the respect of some big names in the industry. When you see her show at the Mirage you’ll understand why.

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Veteran comic Kathleen Madigan comes to Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center

New Times
January 14th, 2015

They don’t make comedians like Kathleen Madigan anymore—the kind of blue-collar, everyman’s comic who tours from town to town for the pure love of a live show. Born to a large Irish Catholic family in the Midwest, Madigan came up with the likes of fellow friends Lewis Black and Ron White. Over the past 25 years, she’s taped three specials, released our albums, toured Iraq and Afghanistan, and hosted her own radio show on Sirius XM. She’s seen it all, and in her shows, she discusses it all—from the inanities of travel to the pitfalls of living in a large family. New Times recently spoke with Madigan over the phone about her tour, the status of stand-up comedy, staying relevant, and who the hell Kevin Federline is.

NEW TIMES How are you doing?

KATHLEEN MADIGAN Fine and dandy. Gettin’ ready to go the Midwest.

NEW TIMES How’s the tour been going so far?

MADIGAN I’ve got no circulation left. I’m nothing but a shell of a person. No, it’s been a really fun year. No complaints. Lots of gigs. Lots of travel. I try not to complain, try not to lose my mind at TSA. The biggest part is how do you keep from getting sick on planes. I don’t know. I eat a lot of gummy multivitamins, say no to, ‘Hey, let’s go out to 20 beers tonight’—something I probably would’ve said yes to 20 years ago. When I used to do clubs, I’d stay there a week. Now, it’s one night. Doubling the travel. It’s a different set of challenges.

NEW TIMES Since you’re on tour most of the time, is that where you get most of your material? How do you keep things fresh when you’re on the road?

MADIGAN That’s where everything happens. I don’t wait for stuff to happen. You gotta keep moving, meeting strangers who keep saying stupid things. It’s all in my act. I do a thing about flying into Norfolk, with a mermaid-themed airport. There’s a big chunk on that. Usually the road is enough. My family is there. There’s a lot. I’m leaving tomorrow. It’s all under control. It’s also a lot of fun. I’d rather be from a big family…because there’s an endless amount of conversation. Whatever it may be about—our lives, perspective, conversation. And they’re all pretty funny.

NEW TIMES You’ve been doing comedy for more than 20 years. Do you think your approach or your subject matter has changed at all?

MADIGAN Bizarrely enough. I was the same 20 years ago, so really are my subject matters. It’s not on purpose. I think you figure out what you are. My subject matters are traveling, family, politics, and current events. I don’t really get into celebrities. I was on one of those VH1 shows, and they ask me, “What you do you think about Kevin Federline?” think he plays for the Detroit Redwings. I’m like what? I don’t know anything about Britney Spears. What about her husband? I don’t follow her husband. I’ve just been me the whole time. It’s like Jim Gaffigan talking about family and food. Those are the things I’m interested in.

NEW TIMES It seems almost like a different world, comedy back then. There’s more niche comedy now, people like Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt. How is it different for comedians coming up now?

MADIGAN I think it’s harder for them. There’s no focus. When people all the way back to Carson—two thirds of the country watched Carson every night. The only thing that two- thirds of the country watch now are the Super Bowl and a mall shooting for about an hour. So, unless you time travel and go to Johnny Carson, how do you get attention? With Leno, you still get attention. All of the networks keep dropping. They consider American Idol a hit because they’re comparing it to different things. Maria [Bamford] and Patton [Oswalt] were still on those shows when people were paying attention. There are good things about it. Sirius Radio has been great. Netflix has been a real gift for us. Maria and Patton have found their audiences. They were exposed to everyone, and their people found them.

NEW TIMES Do you feel any pressure to change your act to gain new audiences?

MADIGAN No, you can only do what you’re doing. You find a way to make the Internet your stage. At this stage, no I can’t. I don’t even care enough. I’m thinking how much more money I need to retire. It’s crazy, really crazy, when I see people my age go, “I’m gonna do this.” They [the younger audiences] don’t care about an old person. We’re old to them. There’s a point of demarcation. Now, you’re Betty White or Cloris Leachman. Now, the young people like you. There are a lot of lost years between 55 and 75 where you’re just some person still working.

NEW TIMES You’re one of the few comedians left who does work primarily on tour. What do you still love about that way of working?

MADIGAN It’s almost like circuitry. It’s like, to keep moving and feel what’s going on everywhere. Not just in my hometown, but in Montana. I like to see what’s going on. I could’ve just as easily been some field reporter. I could’ve been the news crew that chases and finds what’s happening. I like live audiences. The amount of comedians that tape specials and don’t do shows will never cease to amaze me. On the road, there’s probably 20 of us that do it for real. This is our job. There are others who diversify. We’re just the joke people, the part of vaudeville. I like the live shows, being a part of real people. That’s why TV stuff, I don’t resonate with it. Everything takes so long. Even when you do The Tonight Show, there’s an in-house audience—they’re my focus. In those 200 people, there’s probably my people.


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