Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Annual Convention

SMACNA 2017 Annual Convention

Entertainment

Kathleen Madigan

Monday, October 23
Recognition Lunch

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m

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Kathleen Madigan has performed on nearly every late night show ever made. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and most recently in 2015 on the new The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and Ron White’s Salute To The Troops on CMT, her fifth appearance on the annual show.  In 2014, Madigan was nominated for an American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic and her third one hour special, Madigan Again, was named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums.

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? We're thinking because it's because she's so irreplaceable on the stage. She's 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, she's one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation."

"I just want to tell jokes. I didn't start doing open mics to become an actor on a sitcom or in a tv commercial. Those things never even crossed my mind. I just like to tell jokes for an hour or so and laugh," Madigan says. "For a few of us working today, this was our goal. We don't have anymore goals. Can't you ever have a goal, reach it and then enjoy it? This society is being driven by type A lunatics that say 'you have to set more goals.' No you don't. Have a seat and enjoy the fact that you're here! Maybe that's the Irish in me talking though."

She's won the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedian" and the Phyllis Diller award for "Best Female Comedian." Although she's turned down many writing jobs because she enjoys performing more, she has written and produced for Lewis Black's "Root of all Evil" on Comedy Central and for Gary Shandling's Emmy monologues. She's done two USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan with pals Lewis Black, Robin Williams, John Bowman and musicals acts Kid Rock, The Zac Brown Band, Kix Brooks and Kellie Pickler. "There's no better show on earth than a show for the troops. Trust me, no crowd is as happy to see a show as 1000 soldiers in Kabul. I do USO shows at home here in the US too but the further people are away, the more they appreciate it. I don't think they get paid enough for a hard job so I like to do something for free when I can."

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri and she splits her time between the road, Los Angeles and Missouri.

The Queen Extravaganza

Wednesday, October 25
Dinner & Show

6:30 p.m - 10:00 p.m.

“A rock celebration in the royal tradition”

Band PhotoThe Queen Extravaganza, the official Queen tribute tour, features the glorious music and live experience of the legendary rock band Queen, as performed by a new generation of musical talent.

The new band was hand-selected by original Queen band mates and songwriters—drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May—in 2011 after a talent search. Contestants submitted videos that were voted on by the public during several rounds of online auditions, generating more than 10 million views. The finalists then traveled to Los Angeles for a final audition for Taylor.

The Queen Extravaganza made their television debut on American Idol in April 2012. The electrifying live performance of “Somebody to Love” featured appearances by Taylor and May. They began touring that summer and have played nearly 200 dates worldwide. In 2016, The Queen Extravaganza tour culminated with a sold-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, a venue once played by Queen themselves in the 1970s.

“I’m incredibly proud of these guys and it’s going to be a nostalgic and stunning night out for anyone who goes along,” says Taylor.

The 90-minute show features more than 20 Queen classics drawn from the band’s biggest hits: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Under Pressure,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love,” and “Killer Queen,” as well as other fan favorites.

band logoThe Taylor-May hand-picked line-up is: Vocalist Marc Martel, guitarist Nick Radcliffe, bassist Francois-Olivier Doyon, drummer and musical director Tyler Warren, and keyboard player Darren Reeves.

Capturing the design and excitement of Queen’s legendary live performances, the late, great MarkFisher—responsible for staging The Rolling Stones and U2—created the staging and production for The Queen Extravaganza. The spectacular show is designed to enable new fans, together with fans of old, to celebrate the music of Queen.