Kathleen Madigan

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Comedian Kathleen Madigan's 32-year comedy career is showing no signs of slowing down. Madigan has been touring 250 nights a year on the road and has risen from performing in comedy clubs to performing in marquee theaters with sold out shows. She's squeezed in over 40 appearances on late night talk shows and multiple comedy specials airing on Netflix, Comedy Central and HBO. She also recently joined Jerry Seinfeld on his Netflix show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" and made the most of the pandemic by launching a podcast, "Madigan's Pubcast," on all streaming outlets. Recently asked if her career was planned, she said, "No, like that guy in the Joy of Painting used to say, it was a happy accident. This whole thing just started out as a reason to drink and wow, what a great drinking accident."

Her most recent special "Bothering Jesus" is her fifth hour long standup special and will be her third special to be available on NETFLIX. "I love working with them. They're the young people. Network TV will need to adapt quickly to even have a chance to stay in the game. NETFLIX gets it and makes it so easy for us.  Instead of it being a battle of content and rules, it's just fun. What it's supposed to be," she says. 

Her album of the “Bothering Jesus” special, was the highest selling comedy album and most played comedy album on streaming services since 2014.

Discussing her latest endeavor, Madigan said of her podcast, "During covid it was so strange to be home. I've haven't been off and home for more than 3 weeks in 32 years so it was odd. Once it was clear we weren't going out on the road anytime soon, I decided a podcast would be a fun way to stay in touch with people. I'd have never had the time with the road being kinda all consuming. I plan to keep doing now just because it's been so much fun and something different."

So how is it, the Detroit Free Press asks, "that Madigan has yet to be cast as the wise cracking a) best friend b) office worker or c) martini-swilling mother-in-law in any of countless sitcoms? We're thinking it's because she's so irreplaceable on the stage. She's described as the funniest woman doing stand-up right now but no gender qualifier is necessary. Along with Lewis Black, Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, she's one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation."

"I just want to tell jokes. I didn't start doing open mic to become an actor on a sitcom or in a TV commercial. Those things never ever crossed my mind," Madigan says. "For a few of us working, telling jokes was our main goal. I don't have any more goals. Can't you ever have a goal, reach it and enjoy it? Our society is being driven by type-A lunatics who say you have to set more goals. Well maybe they do but we all don't. Have a seat, grab a drink and enjoy the fact you achieved the goal. Maybe that's the Irish in me talking though."

After a recent performance at the Chicago Theater, the Chicago Tribune wrote, “She has all but perfected the art of crafting and delivering a perfect joke. That singular dedication to the craft shows in both the evolution of her material over the years and way she can make a complicated joke with a hidden nub of wisdom seem both effortless and offhand.”

Madigan has performed internationally at festivals in theaters in Ireland, England, Hong Kong, Australia and has filmed seven Montreal Gala Shows at the Montreal Comedy Festival for CBC TV. "I never realized how middle America I am until performing overseas. It all works but needs some tweaking when the crowd isn't all Americans. It's a good challenge and made me a better comedian." She also has joined numerous USO trips to entertain troops around the globe, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

She's won the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedian" and the Phyllis Diller award for "Best Female Comedian." She has written and produced for Lewis Black's "Root of All Evil" on Comedy Central and done multiple USO tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The USO shows are the best. Trust me, no crowd is as appreciative and fired up to see any entertainer. I'm glad I have the chance because God knows I don't wanna have to do their job!"

Madigan is an advocate and fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and Autism.

Madigan originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri.


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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – CBS
This Is Not Happening—Comedy Central
Morning Express with Robin Meade-- HLN
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
American Dad
Patricia Heaton Parties--THE FOOD NETWORK
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore--Comedy Central
The View--ABC
Montreal GALA (CBC TV, 8 appearances)
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno – NBC (25 appearances)
The Late Show with David Letterman – CBS (7 appearances)
The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson - CBS
Late Night with Conan O’Brien – NBC (2 appearances)
Why We Laugh: Funny Women (Documentary 2013)
Ron White’s Salute To The Troops – CMT
The Green Room with Paul Provenza – Showtime
Dr. Phil – Syndicated (3 appearances)
E! Entertainment - (numerous commentary appearances)
TV Guide Network - (numerous commentary appearances)
ESPN 2 - (numerous commentary appearances)
The Bonnie Hunt Show – Syndicated (2 appearances)
The Joy Behar Show - HLN Martin Short: Let Freedom Hum – TBS
Root of All Evil – Comedy Central (2008)
I Love The… (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, New Millennium) – VH1 (numerous appearances)
Last Comic Standing – NBC
The World Stands Up – Syndicated Internationally
Dennis Miller Show – NBC
Shorties Watchin’ Shorties – Comedy Central
Best Week Ever – VH1
Hollywood Squares – Syndicated Internationally
The World Comedy Tour: Melbourne
Comic Remix – Comedy Central
USO Comedy Tour – Comedy Central
Late Friday – NBC
Comedy Central Presents
HBO Comedy Half Hour
Live at Jongleurs
Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter – NBC
Women of the Night – HBO
½ Hour Comedy Hour – MTV
Stand-up Spotlight – VH1


May 2021


She is small, practical and fun. She makes a lot of sense but not too much sense. Just enough to be hilarious.

Jerry Seinfeld

She's the fun lady at the end of the bar with a lot of opinions and only half the information. She's one of the best comics working today and one of my favorites and I'm not getting paid to say that. And she beats me in golf which is just bullshit.

Lewis Black

There's nobody better than Maddy. Smart and just crushes it everytime. She's not just one of the best 'female' comics, she's one of the best comics, period.

Ron White

Kathleen Madigan's show was just pure, no-nonsense, incredible jokes. The kind of jokes that are so perfectly written and delivered that you still chuckle to yourself when you remember them the next day. With her 75 minute act of all killer, no filler, she thoroughly earned the standing ovation that capped off the one-night-only performance of her solo show.


Sensibly straightforward, sassy and sharp, seeing Kathleen Madigan is like meeting up with a flippantly funny friend. She excels at personally connecting with her audience on a brazenly witty and refreshingly real level that works.