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 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, its just fun. What its supposed to be, she says.
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? Were thinking its because shes so irreplaceable on the stage. Shes 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, shes 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. Cant 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 made it to the goal. Maybe thats the Irish in me talking though".
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. Its a good challenge and made me a better comedian.
Shes 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 Blacks 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. Im 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.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she splits her time between the road, LA and her Ozark home in Missouri.