In 1988 Kathleen Madigan was working as a waitress and journalist in St. Louis, Missouri. Now less than 10 years later, Madigan has been voted The Best Female Stand-Up Comedian at the American Comedy Awards, appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show, starred on Bob Hope's NBC Special "Ladies of Laughter," was a featured performer on HBO's "Women of the Night" and appeared on just about every comedy show on cable television.
With having no intention of becoming a stand-up comedian, Madigan graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1987 with a degree in Journalism. She worked in St. Louis, her hometown, editing in-house corporate publications and writing free-lance feature stories. Almost one year later, Madigan stumbled upon amateur night at the St. Louis Funny Bone Comedy Club. She gave stand0up comedy a try and continued to pound the local pavement looking for stage time.
In 1989, after building confidence and enough of an act to emcee, the 24 year old quit her journalism jobs and hit the road booking gigs throughout the Midwest and south.
Mixing an even amount of talent and good luck, Madigan's career caught the eye of major media publications. After a recent gig at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Michael Paskevich of the Las Vegas Review Journal observed, "she's focused and more important, a very talented young woman who, at age 30 is posed for big time success as one of the brightest new lights on the contemporary comedy scene. She's got an instantly likable stage demeanor. Strong road-honed timing and excellent and original materials." Los Angeles Times profiled her three times in less than a year noting, "she has a refreshingly polished delivery and clever, well-written material with an engaging girl-next-door quality."
Working mainly in the United States, Madigan has also performed internationally landing a spot at the highly acclaimed "Montreal Comedy Festival" she tackled Canada, performed in London, England's Comedy Store and recently entertained British, American and Canadian audiences in Hong Kong.
She's also branched out from just stand-up comedy appearances. Madigan also starred in a national TV commercial for US West and has covered numerous off-beat sporting events for ESPN 2's Sports Night.
As for the future, the Las Vegas Review Journal quipped, "Catch her now and you'll be able to tell your friends you saw her on the way up." And Madigan's personal goals seem quite certain, "I'd like to make a million dollars, retire, move to Ireland and drink as much Guinness as humanly possible."
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