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Madigan to dish on family, life, politics at Palace Theatre show

| Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

One of the funniest women on the planet is coming to Greensburg.

Award-winning comedian Kathleen Madigan will perform at the Palace Theatre at 21 W. Otterman St. tonight. Doors open at 7 with the show starting at 8.

The "Gone Madigan Tour," named after her Showtime special that premiered in December, is presented by Elko Concerts.

"I don't have any message except, come out and have fun," she said while on a break in Los Angeles.

Madigan draws a lot of her hilarious inspiration from her family, life experiences and politics.

"Aside from (family), just cause they're them, most of the stuff that's going on in our country I just think is absurd. Nobody seems to say it out loud," Madigan said. "Even Obama. I voted for him. I really wanted Hillary (Clinton), but apparently it was only me and 30 middle-aged white ladies from Pennsylvania. When he comes on TV and he's like, (tilde)America, I'm (going to) need your help.' I'm like, (tilde)Dude, we're busy. How do you not know that?'"

The comedian said she plans to debut some new material tonight for her East Coast fans.

"Most of my gigs are in the East Coast, which is good," she said. "There's a lot of my Irish Catholic drinking people up in that corner. I can't tell you how many gigs I've done over the years in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, York, Lancaster. It's a great area for me."

Madigan said she is surprised and humbled by all the success she's experienced during her career, which started at an open mic night in 1989.

"I just walked into a bar and weird stuff happened, and it's still happening," she said. "I could have never imagined any of this. How can you make that a goal• Just do whatever you have fun doing and just keep doing it. That's what I would say.

"I really like telling jokes. I think there's a few of us that are actual comedians first and everything else second. We are doing what we like. I'm exactly where I want to be."

Madigan has been on multiple TV programs and received many accolades throughout her 22-plus-year career. She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian and the Phyllis Diller Award for Best Female Comedian. Madigan was on Last Comic Standing, a finalist in season two and a judge on season five.

She has written and produced for Lewis Black's "Root of All Evil" on Comedy Central and for Garry Shandling.

Even with all the success, the St. Louis-born woman maintains a down-to-earth approach about what it means to make it in the entertainment business.

"I think most comedians, if we really had to say (we made it)," she said, "it's when you were able to buy a house. They took your paperwork seriously. They took your job seriously. You got to buy a house and you get to pay a mortgage. The awards, they're all cool, but we all know it's not going to change anything. Everybody that's on the road, we're all still walking on stage to tell a joke."

Madigan said she loves being on the road, and does not need her own show.

"I think stand-up (comedy) is something you have to do a lot to really stay good at it," she said. "As soon as you start dropping out for months at a time, things get weird. Even if I take two whole weeks off, which I've done maybe twice, I feel rusty. I would either just be all in or all out."

In December, Madigan performed on her second Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's USO Holiday Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan, where she shared the stage with Robin Williams, Lewis Black, Lance Armstrong, Kix Brooks and Adm. Mike Mullen, who hosted the tour.

"They're the greatest crowds," Madigan said about the troops. "There's no way you'd ever have a show that good at home. No way. They're awesome.

"We joke about the situation. We don't get into the politics of it, but just the situation. They know that Afghanistan is a dump. You can make fun of it all. They're just so happy that people show up and they get it. Every entertainer should go (perform for the troops)."

Tickets to the Greensburg show start at $30 and are available online at www.thepalacetheatre.org and www.elkoconcerts.com.

More information about Madigan is available online at www.kathleenmagidan.com and fans can follow her on Twitter.

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