The Kansan - Newton, KS
by Garon Cockrell
CD Review: Kathleen Madigan: “Madigan Again” (2013)
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Oct. 15, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Kathleen Madigan opens

her new comedy album, Madigan Again, by

talking about how she has finally reached a place in her career where she could

choose the location of her special. She picked Detroit, saying the people there

are the most optimistic people. She explains, “They’re still there.”

Some of her material is

related to getting older. She mentions how teenagers love horror films because

they love to be frightened. “That’s

because they have not lived long enough to know that real life will scare the

shit out of you…At this age I could care less if a vampire walked in my

house…But look at this mole. Yeah, that scares me

She talks about going to

Afghanistan with Lewis Black (another of my favorite comedians). She says how

it’s cold, which is a surprise as you see the people there wearing sheets. “That’s why I would be a horrible terrorist –

because I’m already prone to naps, and if you put me in a sheet all day, oh my

god, forget it, I would never leave the cave
.” There is a lot about

Afghanistan from her personal experience. This is great material, and is quite

a bit different from that of other comedians because of her personal

perspective. And her bit about the Germans is great.

But her stuff about her

parents is even better. She imitates her mother: “Well, don’t tell your father this, because he’ll be embarrassed, but

now we’re afraid we’re going to die in our sleep. So we’ve decided we’ll just

stay up, and one of us will be up, and then we’ll nap, because you never hear

somebody dying while they were napping

She doesn’t really get

political at all, but does a funny bit about Obama and Americans’ involvement

in politics. As Obama, she says, “America,

if you agree with me on how to solve this financial crisis, I’m going to need

you to email your congressmen and representatives
.” Her response: “I’m like, well, then I’m going to need you

to email me who they are

I love her rip on the

idea that marijuana is a “gateway drug.” We all know it’s not, but some morons

still make that claim. And yes, a bar is much more fun than a gym. As she says,

I’ve never stayed at a gym so long I got

kicked out. Never

This CD is approximately

62 minutes. Madigan Again was released on October 8, 2013 through New Wave Dynamics.

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