Tucsonans in need of a good laugh should make a trip to The Rialto Theater on Feb. 17 for the arrival of comedian Kathleen Madigan. Madigan is in the midst of a nationwide comedy tour, and has chosen The Rialto as one of her stops.
Madigan has spent the last 22 years as a professional comedian, a job that blossomed after she took part in open microphone comedy nights at a venue in her hometown of St. Louis.
“I keep waiting for someone to tell me I’m not a comedian anymore, or that I’m not funny anymore, but that has yet to happen,” she joked. “One thing led to another, and here I am 22 years later.”
In 2010, Madigan took part in her second Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff’s Holiday Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan. Alongside comedians like Robin Williams and Lewis Black, Madigan performed for the soldiers, something she said was “extremely appreciated.”
Madigan joked that America would have been better off “invading a country with something cool, like Italy, where we could have at least taken their wine.”
Throughout her career, Madigan has made television appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Green Room with Paul Provenza,” “The Joy Behar Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” among others.
Comedian Lewis Black calls Madigan “the funniest comic in America, bar none.”
Madigan has done some writing for Black’s Comedy Central show “Root of All Evil”.
In her biography, Madigan said, “I’ll write for other people- not many- but a few, and only if they have a clear voice and persona that I already think is funny, and if they let me write in my pajamas and smoke.”
Madigan recently beat out comedians Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy, and Jeff Foxworthy on Sirius XM to win the “Sirius Challenge Cup.”
Madigan has also won the Academy Comedy Award and the Phyllis Diller Award for Best Female Comedian. She is the only comedian to go unchallenged on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” implying no comedian would say they were funnier than her. She has made appearances on HBO and Comedy Central, as well as several other television networks.
In her career, she has released four CDs and two hour-long DVDs. She has recently come out with a new Showtime special called “Gone Madigan”.
In her biography, Madigan said after 22 years of 300 nights on the road, her goal remains to move to Ireland and drink Guinness while feeding her sheep-herding dogs.
The doors open at The Rialto Theater at 7 p.m., and Madigan goes on stage at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.rialtotheater.com.
More information about Kathleen Madigan can be found at www.KathleenMadigan.com.