Funny woman Kathleen Madigan
Kathleen Madigan is an American comedian and TV personality. In addition to her stand-up comedy performances she is a regular guest on several television shows. She began her career performing stand-up during "open mic" nights at St. Louis area comedy clubs.
Her growing popularity at these small clubs soon led to the offer of a paying job in stand-up from The Funny Bone, a nationwide chain of comedy clubs. Madigan gave up her jobs in Missouri and set out to try the world of comedy full-time. She cites Ron White, Richard Jeni and Lewis Black among her influences in those early comedy club days. However, Kathleen credits her father for giving her the encouragement to give a comedy career a try.
Appearing in several shows on Comedy Central, as well as having her own half hour special on HBO, Madigan is also a veteran on several late night shows including, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Late Show with David Letterman".
She has won the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Comedian” and the Phyllis Diller award for “Best Female Comedian.” She’s gone from one nighters, to club gigs, to theaters, to headlining the Mirage in Las Vegas. Kathleen Madigan has created quite a following in her 25 year long career, releasing 3 DVD's and 5 CD's and she is very often referred to as "one of the best, if not the best women in comedy."
She remains the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other comedian and she's performed internationally at festivals and theaters in Ireland, England, Australia and has filmed six Montreal Gala Shows at the Montreal Comedy Festival for Canadian television.