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Comic Kathleen Madigan Plays Durham Jan. 29th

Lewis Black calls Kathleen Madigan "The funniest woman in America."

Lewis Black calls Kathleen Madigan "The funniest woman in America."

The Carolina Theatre will present funny lady Kathleen Madigan at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29th, in Fletcher Hall in downtown Durham, NC. NBC sportscaster Bob Costas calls Madigan “One of my favorite comedians,” and NBC “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno salutes her as “One of America’s funniest female comics.”

At the 1996 American Comedy Awards, Kathleen Madigan was named Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic. But superheated stand-up comedian Lewis Black characteristically minces no words when he claims that Madigan is “The funniest woman in America.”

According to 45-year-old St. Louis, MO-born comedienne’s website:

“After returning from her second USO Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan, comedian Kathleen Madigan learned she’s entirely too short to be involved in combat and that being in the military is nothing like the commercials on television. She made the monumental trip and performed for the troops with Kid Rock, Lewis Black, and Kellie Pickler.

“As well as trying to look serious in combat gear, Madigan packed this year with more tour dates and television appearances. In addition to performing in theaters, festivals, and on talk shows, Madigan — dubbed by Jay Leno as ‘one of the funniest female comics’ — has been tapped for her comedic point of view by Dr. Phil as a special correspondent for ‘The Dr. Phil Show,’ with reports on various topics. She also appeared as one of Cheri Oteri’s clients in the AMC interstitial program ‘Life Coach.’

“[Madigan] recently completed writing, producing, and performing on Lewis Black’s ‘The Root of All Evil,’ for Comedy Central. Madigan appeared on the History Channel special ‘Surviving the Holidays,’ which premiered on November 23rd, 2009, where she also served as a producer for the project.

“The American Comedy Award winner for Best Female Comedian appeared on shows for VH1 and TV Guide Network, ‘The Joy Behar Show’ (CNN), ‘Wanda Sykes Show,’ and ‘The View.’ In addition to the three CDs and DVDs currently available, ‘Gone Madigan,’ her new comedy special, aired on Showtime in December 2010 and [was] followed by the DVD release in January 2011.

“In 2004, [Kathleen] Madigan was the only comedian ever to go unchallenged on NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’; and in 2007 was a talent scout during the show’s fifth season. Other television appearances include stints on E!, CNN, ‘The Tonight Show’ (10 appearances), ‘Letterman’ (5 appearances), ‘The Conan O’Brien Show,’ HBO (two of her own specials), Comedy Central (an hour and half-hour special), and ESPN. Madigan also somehow defeated the ever-popular Larry the Cable Guy and other notable funny comics to win the 2007 Sirius Radio Comedy Cup.

“She’s performed around the world at comedy festivals and in theaters in Ireland, England, Canada, and China (that was a disaster … feel free to ask her). She was also a writer for Gary Shandling in 2004 and 2005 when he hosted the Emmy’s.

“Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Madigan lives in Los Angeles. She graduated from Southern Illinois University, with a degree in journalism. Her goal is to make as much money as possible and move to Ireland, the only place Guinness tastes right and, perhaps, purchase some sheep.”

SECOND OPINION: Jan. 25th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview by Cliff Bellamy: (Note: You must register first to read this article).

The Carolina Theatre presents KATHLEEN MADIGAN at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 in Fletcher Hall, 309 W. Morgan, St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $24-$44 ($20-$29 Star Member and group rate).

BOX OFFICE: Carolina Theatre Box Office: 888/241-8162, 919/560-3030, or Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or






Kathleen Madigan: (official website), (Wikipedia), and (Internet Movie Database).


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