She keeps her humor firmly on the edge with wise-cracking tales of family interactions, odd human encounters and current events. It’s a course she set by accident when she stepped into a bar on open-mic comedy night 29 years ago. "I was lucky to walk into a bar,” Madigan says. “Maybe I’ll put that on my tombstone.”
You grew up in a big family, how much of your material comes from that?
"They are a constant source of material and they don’t care that I make fun of them and I have for this 30-year trek."
Comedy titan Kathleen Madigan celebrates 25 years of stand-up with performances through Saturday, Nov. 19, at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak
A show in St. Louis means 700 of her relatives will be in the audience, she jokes. “When I was in Casper, WY., I didn’t know one person,” she says. “That’s fun too. I’m free of all responsibility. But it feels more comfortable at home. It feels like you’re walking into your local bar.”
What is it about stand-up that's so appealing to you?
"I really like the traveling, the road part. I litearlly just get excited to get up and go see what’s going on. It sounds basic, but that’s really the truth.Telling jokes is awesome too."
If you have seen one of her specials, such as "Bothering Jesus," which is available on Netflix, you will know that her act is like comfort food for the soul. She makes you laugh, and there's no comment on politics or society.
You just announced your 2018 tour called “Boxed Wine & Bigfoot.” Can you explain the name to me?
"There are two jokes in my act that go with boxed wine. Boxed wine is kind of a running theme. Bigfoot is a side obsession of mine. They’re basically my two hobbies — drinking boxed wine and watching Bigfoot clips."
National Tour Will Bring Madigan to Theaters Across the Country
Comedian Kathleen Madigan announces her new “BOXED WINE & BIGFOOT” TOUR with dates through Spring 2018. Blasting off January 12th , 2018 Madigan will start in Boston and 30 cities later will end on June 22nd headlining the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. “I had most of the summer off, then this September toured all of Canada with Lewis Black. When I came home to this tour schedule I couldn’t have been more excited. It’s a lot of cities I know and a few that I haven’t been to which is the perfect mix.”
Ticket presales begin Wednesday Oct 4, 2017 at 10:00am local time. Use presale code BOXEDWINE (not case sensitive).