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Chicago Sun-Times – Comic Loves Audiences’ Honesty

Being a stand-up comedian means being immediately reviewed by audience members on whether something is funny or not. Kathleen Madigan, who will appear April 1 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, finds the audiences’ honesty one of the most satisfying aspects of her career. “My satisfaction in performing comes from the instant knowledge if something is funny or not and it’s brutally honest,” she said. “People may clap for a bad song, but they won’t fake laugh if something isn’t funny.” Madigan has been making people laugh (the real thing, not a “fake” laugh) since she was a youngster. “It’s funny, because everyone in my family is pretty funny,” Madigan said, “so I never thought making people laugh was a big deal. We all can kind of do it, so I don’t really remember thinking about it.” Read the rest of the story

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Boston Comedy Blog – Interview: Kathleen Madigan

There is little Kathleen Madigan hasn’t done in her roughly twenty years in comedy. She’s left her original profession (in her case, journalism), done the big move from St. Louis to L.A., toured the country, done every conceivable TV talk show, and even done reality television as a contestant on Last Comic Standing. Most recently, she’s played to the troops in Afghanistan, made the leap from clubs to theatres, and found herself on the set of the Dr. Phil show. But unlike some for whom stand-up is a means to an end, the comedy is the thing for Madigan. It’s what sustains her. “[It’s] Just fun,” she told me, speaking by phone from Florida, where she was visiting family. “Just stupid fun. I mean, if I wasn’t onstage telling jokes I’d probably be just at a bar talking to somebody. It’s kind of the same, except somebody’s paying me.” I spoke with Madigan about comedy, Dr. Phil, staying healthy, and a plethora of subjects ahead of her show this Friday at the Comedy Connection Wilbur Theatre. The vast majority of that conversation is included here. Read the rest of the story

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Kathleen Madigan discusses golf with comics, Afghanistan sand

Today, Kathleen Madigan gives us tantalizing details about golfing with her friends Lewis Black and Ron White. “Lewis has gotten much better over the years. He’s really calmed down on the golf course,” she says. Madigan confirms she has seen Black “helicopter” a club into the air (not a surprise, since his onstage demeanor is midlevel hyperventilation). “He actually did that in Florida, into an environmentally protected alligator habitat,” she says. Read the rest of the story

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The Comic’s Comic – In review: Kathleen Madigan in “Gone Madigan”

In “Gone Madigan,” Kathleen Madigan’s first hour-long stand-up set recorded for DVD since 2006, she proves that she remains one of the best women, if not the best, working on the stand-up comedy circuit. She does so simply by using her common-sense philosophy to analyze the madness that surrounds us. Of course, it helps to have the backing of another popular comedian in Lewis Black, who jokingly calls her “my BFF” before introducing her to the stage in New York City for the taping of “Gone Madigan” (it debuted over the weekend on Showtime, and will be available on DVD as of Jan. 11, 2011). Read the rest of the story

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Pollstar Blog – Kathleen Madigan

Attendees of this year’s Concert Industry Awards in Los Angeles saw why first hand as she deftly handled hosting duties in front of possibly the toughest audience there is – industry insiders. But the most important audience – the public – has caught on to Madigan in growing numbers as well. It’s a safe bet Madigan’s trajectory will continue skyward with “Gone Madigan,” a Showtime special airing in December that will also get a run on Country Music Television. A DVD release of the show follows. But the smart and supremely likable comedian isn’t stopping there. Read the rest of the story

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