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A Quick Chat with Stand-up Comedian Kathleen Madigan

Kathleen Madigan has won both the Phyllis Diller award and the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Comedian,” but it is senseless to label her as a woman comic. She is just fall-on-your-face, pee-in-your-pants funny. She has written and produced “Root of All Evil” on Comedy Central and is the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged. Continue reading

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Madigan brings conversation and comedy Thursday

Performing comedy is similar to jumping off a high dive, Kathleen Madigan said.

“The first time you’re paranoid and freaked out, and trying to figure out if that was fun or not,” Madigan said. “By the second time, you say, ‘OK. That’s awesome.’

Recently she was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic. Her special, “Madigan Again,” was named one of iTunes’ Best Comedy Albums of 2013. The special can be streamed on Netflix.

Madigan said for those who are not familiar with her show, her act focuses on four topics: traveling, family, politics and sports.

“I talk about what I’m interested in,” Madigan said. “There are no celebrity jokes like Kathy Griffin, who does that very well. TMZ type stuff is never in my act because I’ve never been interested in it.”

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Madigan brings the oldschool humor

Kathleen Madigan is only the second headlining solo standup comic to play the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Bill Cosby was the first. Madigan arrives Friday at the Tobin center, definitely without the ick factor now surrounding Cosby — and, truthfully, way more hilarity. Now, Madigan isn’t the only funny woman to play the Tobin. Newcomer Nikki Carr arrived in November as part of the group with NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” tour; and Jeanne Robertson was at the venue even earlier, but she’s strictly a humorist and motivational type performer. Madigan has worked the stand-up comedy trenches and heights for years. She was nominated for an American Comedy Award last year for best concert comic, and her latest comedy special was named one of iTunes’ best in 2013. She remains a mainstay on late-night TV talk shows and on Sirius XM satellite radio. Continue reading

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Kathleen Madigan headlines Cache Creek

Kathleen Madigan returns to Cache Creek resort and casino in Brooks on Dec. 13.

Some comics lug everything on the road from T-shirts, CDs and DVDs. Not Kathleen Madigan. No, thanks. This stand-up considered one of the nation’s funniest humans packs her clothes and her comedy.

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Comedian to perform at Norfolk’s Attucks Theater

Comedian extraordinaire Kathleen Madigan will be performing live at the historic Attucks Theater in Norfolk Nov. 21, at 8:00 p.m. Over her distinguished 25-year career, she has performed in many parts of the world and nearly every standup television show ever made.

From Leno to Letterman, to Conan to Ferguson, from HBO and Comedy Central specials to Showtime and Netflix, Madigan has seen and done it all, and she recently sat down to talk about her career and bringing her show to Norfolk.

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