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Comic Kathleen Madigan to play Palladium

Tampa Bay Times
Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Comedian Ron White introduced her during one of his recent Salute to the Troops comedy specials on CMT as “the funniest woman on the planet,” and she’s been on the Tonight Show more times than even she can count, so why isn’t this celebrated comic who’s widely revered by other comedians not more famous?

“My career has never been a bonfire, it’s just one more log on the fire at a time,” Madigan said in a phone interview from her L.A. home that she rarely stays in. “It’s all just another thing to add: a comedy special, CMT, Sirius radio.” And the list goes on, from VH1′s I Love the (insert decade) specials to Celebrity Poker Showdown to a 2011 Showtime special, Gone Madigan.

She first came to the attention of middle America on the second season of Last Comic Standing, an NBC reality show that pitted comics against each other for a TV contract.

She was among a strong group of comics that included eventual winner John Heffron, Alonzo Bodden, Gary Gulman and Ant. She was the only one that no one ever challenged, which meant she got little screen time.

“I kept saying, ‘Ant, come on man, challenge me,’ ” and he’d say ‘No way. I’ll lose.’

“That’s one of the flaws of the show. Good comics got voted out because people never got to see them perform.”

She made it to the finals but when it came time for the home audience to vote, she was eliminated.

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Kathleen Madigan won’t try to be happy, but she will try to make you laugh

Kalamazoo Gazette
Mark Wedel

Kathleen Madigan is happy, really.

Friday, Feb. 15, the comedian will be headlining Miller Auditorium for her first time. That’s a larger venue than the State Theatre, which she played in 2005 and 2010.

She’s been getting larger venues and doing more TV. In early February she did a CMT “Comedy Salute” special with Ron White in Las Vegas. And she’ll be taping her own special somewhere in the Midwest in May.

Madigan doesn’t want a sitcom, doesn’t do movies. “I don’t really do other stuff, so I’m always just kind of happy,” she said from her home in Los Angeles.

Other than standup, no other goals? “I had one, and achieved it, and am pretty happy.” She paused. “I just looked in my purse. I don’t have any more goals.”

As seen in her 2011 special, Showtime’s “Gone Madigan,” she often brings up the subject of her sister, who is always happy and perky, “like a golden retriever.”

Madigan is of the personality type who doesn’t make an effort to be cheerful all of the time.

“I really don’t!” The need to be happy constantly, “I think it’s a myth, I don’t know where it started, I put some of the blame on Oprah, probably, that you have to be happy all the time. What? That’s a bad goal,” she said.

“Life itself is chaos, and I don’t even say this in a bad way.”

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Comedy Salute to the Troops in VEGAS!

Kathleen joins Ron White for the third year on his Comedy Salute to the Troops to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. The one night only show will be held at the Mirage Las Vegas and filmed for CMT. Joining Kathleen and Ron will be Josh Blue, Brian Reagan, Ralphie May and John Caparulo. Here are the ticketing details….

Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
7:30 pm
Terry Fator Theatre
Las Vegas, NV
Tickets available via the Mirage Website

The Armed Forces Foundation is dedicated to providing comfort and solace to members of the military community through financial support, career counseling, housing assistance and recreational therapy programs. They offer these vital programs to active-duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve components, and their loved ones.


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The following shows went on sale over the weekend…

01/12/13 – West Point, NY – Eisenhower Hall Theatre

02/13/13 – Chicago, IL - City Winery

02/15/13 – Kalamazoo, MI – Miller Auditorium

04/25/13 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre

And don’t forget that Indianapolis, Thousand Oaks, Louisville and a whole host of other tour dates are also on sale!

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Actor? Nah. Madigan would rather do her act.

Will Harris

Kathleen Madigan is having far too much fun telling jokes to pursue a TV career.

It’s not that Madigan, a veteran stand-up comic who performs at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk on Saturday, is wholly against the idea of following the dozens of comedians who’ve made the migration to TV land. It’s never been one of her goals.

“I just don’t have any strong desire other than to keep writing and telling jokes,” she said. “I never got into this job to be an actor. To me, that’s like when people ask me, ‘So what are your other goals?’ And I’m, like, ‘Well, I don’t have any. This was the goal!’ And then I feel bad.

“But then I think, ‘Wait a minute, why should I feel bad about that?’ I mean, the goal was to tell jokes, to have fun, to make enough money to pay the bills, and to put enough money somewhere so that in retirement I’m not eating cat food… and I’m doing it.”

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