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. Continue reading
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, 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. Continue reading
All I want to do is tell jokes.” In that sardonic, working-class tone that fans of her comedy know so well, Kathleen Madigan declares this during a recent phone interview. For the past couple of decades, the Florissant, Mo.-born Madigan has been first and foremost a touring stand-up comedian, hitting the road (and USO tours overseas) with such comics as her good buddies Lewis Black and Ron White.
Kathleen Madigan’s honest approach has placed her somewhere on top of the world.
She was ranked one of the nine funniest women on the planet alongside such people as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Samantha Bee in an article published in the Detroit Free Press and PopMatters.com. Madigan is still modest about her ranking.
“I don’t like it when they list the nine funniest women on the planet,” Madigan says. “I’m like, settle down; there’s a half-billion Chinese ladies we haven’t even met. I don’t think it’s fair — they haven’t even had a chance.”
She was born in St. Louis and lives in Los Angeles, but put a Cheesehead on Kathleen Madigan and you get the feeling she could easily pass for a Wisconsinite.
With virtually no prompting, the 46-year-old comedian brought up cows, farms, the Green Bay Packers, beer and winter weather when she checked in by phone last week in advance of her Friday stand-up date at the Meyer Theatre. As far as casual conversational checkpoints within state lines on any given January day go, you have to admit that’s a rather impressive showing.
Chalk it up to that Midwestern sensibility that helps fuel her irreverent comedy.
Madigan has described it as a time-tested blend of “Midwest logic with sarcasm mixed with resignation that it’s all out of our control at the end of the day, so just have a drink.’’ Not surprising, she has found it’s a style of humor that resonates with audiences in the heartland.