Although she earned a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois in 1988 and worked in the profession for a short time after college it wasn’t until she got on stage during an open mike night that Kathleen Madigan found her true calling. For over 25 years the St. Louis native and gifted comedian has been making people laugh with her signature brand of laid back comedy.
Working at a newspaper by day Madigan tended bar at night when the light went off. “I didn’t mind my day job, I just wasn’t into it all that much. I could write but it didn’t pay much. Besides I was making more money part time bartending than I ever did writing peoples stories.” The night life fit her better. “I like hanging out with the bar people and having a beer or two. The 9 to 5 grind wasn’t me.”
Comedian Kathleen Madigan doesn’t like to overthink things. In fact, the 49-year-old Missouri native is content just being on the road 300 nights a year, performing standup everywhere from Detroit to Dallas, Charleston to Escondido.
“I run into so many comedians who get nervous and they overthink everything,” Madigan told Folio Weekly during a recent phone interview. “And I’m, like, ‘Look. Are you doing what you want to do? Are you making enough money to pay your bills? Then shut up, because most people aren’t. Be happy. Why can’t you be happy?’” Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading