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Convention opener: "One of the funniest comedians of her generation"

Apr 4, 2017
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Kathleen Madigan 

SMACNA’s 74th Annual Convention in Maui opens with the quick-witted, tongue-in-cheek comedian whom “The Tonight Show’s” Jay Leno says is “one of America's funniest female comics"—the irrepressible Kathleen Madigan.

Ms. Madigan performs at Monday’s Keynote Presentation and Lunch, Oct. 23, during SMACNA’s Annual Convention, at the Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii.

During Kathleen Madigan's 25-year career, she has appeared on nearly every late-night show ever produced. “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno (25 times), “The Late Show” with David Letterman (seven times), “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien (two times), and “Ron White’s Comedy Salute To The Troops” (five times).

Her one-hour special “Madigan Again,” was named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums, and she's also won the American Comedy and the Phyllis Diller Awards for "Best Female Comedian."

She loves performing for the U.S. military and has done many USO shows for the troops, including two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with friends Lewis Black, Robin Williams, and John Bowman.

The Detroit Free Press noted, “She's described as the funniest woman doing stand-up right now, but no gender qualifier is necessary. She's one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation."

“I just like to tell jokes for an hour or so and laugh," Ms. Madigan admitted. "For a few of us working today, this was our goal. 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."

For Kathleen, it's been a 25-year career of a grueling 300 nights on the road a year. "We

don't get time off like a band. Our tours never end. That's why it makes me laugh when people say 'how long is your tour?' Well, so far, 25 years." She's gone from one-nighters and club gigs to theaters and headlining the Mirage in Las Vegas.

She is the only comedian on NBC's “Last Comic Standing” to go unchallenged by any other comedian. Ms. Madigan has performed internationally at festivals and theaters in Ireland, England, Australia, and Canada.

SMACNA’s 74th Annual Convention takes place at the stunning Grand Wailea and Wailea Beach Resort Marriott-Maui, Oct. 22-25, in Maui, Hawaii. With world-class speakers, business sessions, and fun in a tropical setting, you’ll want to make your plans now to attend. Get your early-bird discount and register today on SMACNA’s Annual Convention webpage.