“One of America’s funniest female comics.”
“The funniest woman in America.”
“Easily one of the best comics alive.”
“Kathleen delivers a great performance with exceptional comedic timing, the right amount of irreverance, and a fun look at some everyday occurrences we can all relate to.” – Mary, Georgia, USA
“She’s intelligent, sarcastic, smart, VERY funny, and will make you tear with laughter.” – J. Cameron, Reno, NV
“Kathleen Madigan is Hilarious!” – Rebecca Hall, Huntington, WV
“We drove 11 hours from Saskatchewan to see her! We loved the show! It’s always different.” – Mary & Bob, Saskatchewan, CANADA
“I think you’re the most awesome comedian out there!” – Drew, Phoenix, AZ
“My friends and I all love you and think you are absolutely hilarious. Tornado season is over. Please come to Iowa!” – Melissa, Iowa, USA
“We came out in the hail storm and your show was sold out. Come back soon to Minneapolis!” – Whitney, Minneapolis, MN
“This is one of your Texas fans. We would brave a hail storm for you, too!!” – April, Dallas, TX
“Love you and your material. When are you gonna make it to Ireland?” – GSR, Ireland
Over her 25 year career Kathleen Madigan has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made: Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and so on. She’s starred in two HBO specials, three Comedy Central specials, three CMT “Salute to the Troops” specials with Ron White and her most recent hour-long special, Gone Madigan, is in rotation on Showtime and CMT. She’s released 4 CDs and two DVDs and filmed a new one hour special this past spring to air in the fall as a Netflix Original.
“How is it,” the Detroit Free Press asks, “that Madigan has yet to be cast as the wise-cracking a) best friend b) office worker or c) martini-swilling mother-in-law in any of countless sitcoms? We’re thinking it’s because she’s so irreplaceable on the stage. She’s described as the funniest woman doing stand-up right now, but no gender qualifier is necessary. Along with Lewis Black, Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, she’s one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation.”
“I just want to tell jokes,” says Madigan, “I didn’t start doing open mics to become an actor on a sitcom or in a TV commercial. Those things never even crossed my mind. I just like to tell jokes for an hour or so and laugh. For a few of us working today, this was our goal. We don’t have any more goals. Can’t you ever have a goal, reach it and then enjoy it? This society is being driven by type A lunatics that say ‘you have to set more goals.’ No you don’t. Have a seat and enjoy the fact that you’re here! Maybe that’s the Irish in me talking, though.”
It’s been a 25 year career of 300 nights a year on the road. “We don’t get time off like a band. Our tours never end. That’s why it makes me laugh when people say ‘how long is your tour?’ Well so far, 25 years.” She’s gone from one nighters, to club gigs, to theaters, to headlining the Mirage in Las Vegas.
She’s won the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Comedian” and the Phyllis Diller award for “Best Female Comedian.” Although she’s turned down many writing jobs because she enjoys performing more, she has written and produced for Lewis Black’s “Root of all Evil” on Comedy Central and for Gary Shandling’s Emmy monologues. She’s done two USO tours to Iraq and Afganistan with pals Lewis Black, Robin Williams, John Bowman and musicals acts Kid Rock, The Zac Brown Band, Kix Brooks and Kellie Pickler. “There’s no better show on earth than a show for the troops. Trust me, no crowd is as happy to see a show as 1000 soldiers in Kabul. I do USO shows at home here in the US too but the further people are away, the more they appreciate it. I don’t think they get paid enough for a hard job so I like to do something for free when I can.”
She remains the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other comedian–meaning no comedian would say they were funnier than her. Madigan was a top three finalist in Season 2 and and a judge on Season 5.
She’s a favorite on nationally syndicated radio shows such as the The Bob and Tom Show and The Stephanie Miller Show. She’s also in constant rotation on SIRIUS-XM Radio and is repeated voted #1 audience favorite by listeners.
Madigan has performed internationally at festivals and theaters in Ireland, England, Australia and has filmed six Montreal Gala Shows at the Montreal Comedy Festival for Canadian television.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri Kathleen splits her time between the road, Los Angeles and Missouri.
The View – ABC (2 appearances)
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno – NBC (15 appearances)
The Late Show with David Letterman – CBS (6 appearances)
The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS
Late Night with Conan O’Brien – NBC (2 appearances)
Why We Laugh: Funny Women (Documentary 2013)
Ron White’s Salute To The Troops – CMT (2013, 2012, 2011)
Just For Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival (6 appearances)
The Green Room with Paul Provenza – Showtime (2011)
Dr. Phil – Syndicated (3 appearances)
E! Entertainment – (numerous commentary appearances)
TV Guide Network – (numerous commentary appearances)
ESPN 2 – (numerous commentary appearances)
The Bonnie Hunt Show – Syndicated (2 appearances)
The Joy Behar Show – HLN (2009)
Martin Short: Let Freedom Hum – TBS (2009)
Root of All Evil – Comedy Central (2008)
I Love The… (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, New Millennium) – VH1 (numerous appearances)
Last Comic Standing – NBC (2007, 2003)
The World Stands Up – Syndicated Internationally (2006)
Dennis Miller Show – NBC (2005, 2004)
Shorties Watchin’ Shorties – Comedy Central (2004)
Best Week Ever – VH1 (2004)
Hollywood Squares – Syndicated Internationally (2004, 2003)
The World Comedy Tour: Melbourne 2002
Comic Remix – Comedy Central (2002)
USO Comedy Tour – Comedy Central (2002)
Late Friday – NBC (2001)
Comedy Central Presents (2000)
HBO Comedy Half Hour (1998, 1997)
Live at Jongleurs (1997)
Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter – NBC (1992)
Women of the Night – HBO (1991)
½ Hour Comedy Hour – MTV (1990)
Stand-up Spotlight – VH1 (1988)
Check out her full credits listing at IMDB.