Comedian Kathleen Madigan performs at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on March 23
From a press release:
Tickets, which are $25.50, $35.50, and $45.50, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at kirbycenter.org, and by phone at 570-826-1100. An exclusive Kirby Member pre-sale begins on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.
For 29 years, Kathleen Madigan has been touring 250 nights on the road and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late-night show ever made. From 25 appearances on the “Tonight Show” and multiple appearances on “Letterman” and “Conan” to recently riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his Internet series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Madigan is still having a blast and selling out theaters across the country.
Her most recent special, “Bothering Jesus,” is her fifth hour-long stand-up special and her third to be made 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.
Madigan has performed internationally at festivals in theaters in Ireland, England, Hong Kong, Australia, and has filmed six 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’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!”
The Detroit Free Press describes Madigan 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 mics to become an actor on a sitcom or in a TV commercial. Those things never even crossed my mind. I just like to tell jokes for an hour or so and laugh,” Madigan says.
“For a few of us working today, this was our goal. We don’t have anymore goals. Can’t you ever have a goal, reach it and then enjoy it? This society is being driven by type A lunatics that say, ‘You have to set more goals.’ No, you don’t. Have a seat and enjoy the fact that you’re here! Maybe that’s the Irish in me talking, though.”