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.
Kathleen Madigan feels Michigan’s pain. “I sell more tickets in Detroit than in any other place than my hometown, and I think that’s because it has so much in common with St. Louis,” the comedian said. “You had the auto industry and we had the breweries, working-class jobs that paid well enough and included benefits. “Now we’re the murder capitals; we flip-flop every year. It’s like ‘One more person and we could have beat them!’ It’s all kind of a reflection of what’s going on, though you’re building a new Chrysler plant.” Read the rest of the story
In terms of contemporary female comedians, Kathleen Madigan is hotter than Lindsay Lohan trying to upstage Paris Hilton at a local jewelry store. The Detroit Free Press just listed Kathleen as one of the ‘9 Funniest Women on the Planet’ alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; and such luminaries as Lewis Black and Jay Leno both cite her at the top of their own lists of top comedic talents. Read the rest of the story