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Hot-shot Madigan coming to MontBleu

Rick Chandler

Some brief ground rules for the Kathleen Madigan comedy performance on Saturday at MontBleu Resort and Casino.

While it’s true that she is a former Mid-Missouri Hoop Shot Champion, Ms. Madigan will not take Hoop Shot challenges from the audience. She will take no questions from angry subjects of her articles when she was a reporter in St. Louis. She will not take “Hollywood Squares”-type questions, even though she has appeared on that show. She has appeared on the respective talk shows of David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, but will not reveal who she likes best. Ms. Madigan will sign copies of her latest CD, but will not sign body parts. Do not approach Kathleen Madigan while she is playing poker, and do not touch her chips. Please do not jostle Ms. Madigan or make any threatening, sudden movements. No flash photography.

We think that about covers it. Oh, except that you should be prepared to laugh on Saturday.

“When I was young, I didn’t really plan on being a comedian,” Madigan said recently to Playback St. Louis. “I liked Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares. He wasn’t really a comedian, but I always wanted to do something like he did. A big part of my motivation to do this as a living is that I didn’t know what else to do.”

She began at the comedy clubs in St. Louis, and soon earned a shot at the big time with an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” That led to accomplishments such as being voted Best Female Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards, contributing jokes for Garry Shandling’s 2003/04 Emmy monologue, and making 13 of 15 free throws to win the Mid-Missouri Hoop Shoot Championship.

“I won the trophy and immediately retired,” she said of the basketball award. “I decided to go out on top like Michael Jordan.”

Madigan has also appeared on “Love the 90s: Part Deux,” and “Celebrity Poker Showdown.” She has also starred in her own HBO Half-Hour Comedy Special and a Comedy Central Presents special. Also, you can hear Madigan’s comedy on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 103 Blue Collar Comedy, and XM Satellite Radio channel 150 XM Comedy.

She has recorded three CDs, “Kathleen Madigan” (1996), “Shallow Happy Thoughts for the Soul” (2002), and “In Other Words” (2005). She has also released a DVD, “Live in Denver” (2004).


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