Kathleen Madigan: Gone Madigan Review

There are very few female comedians in the world today but funny lady Kathleen Madigan has proven herself to be one of the best and her new stand-up act Kathleen Madigan: Gone Madigan has just been released on Blu-ray.

Madigan is honest and to the point. Although she is a woman, she displays serious proof of having “balls.” Like many great comedians, she is fearless and doesn’t give a crap who she offends. Shot at the Gramercy Theater in New York City, this 64-minute stand-up set is truly, truly funny. The topics Madigan discusses are current and her comedic timing is impeccable.

Veteran comedian and perpetually angry Lewis Black is the opening act for Madigan, giving her a very sweet introduction. We are then taken on a journey into Madigan’s mad world. She starts things off by talking about a New Year’s resolution she hopes to fulfill: to stop self-diagnosing imaginary illnesses she thinks she has on WebMD.

She then tells the audience that she had recently gone to Iraq and Afghanistan on a USO Tour to entertain the troops. She went with Lewis Black, Kid Rock, and Kellie Pickler, a truly interesting foursome which Madigan details quite humorously. She then rants about what a dump Afghanistan is and how the sleeping arrangements suck. The men’s tent is warm while the women’s tent is freezing. Next up, she details a very serious general who gives her and the other celebrities a military briefing. After that, she imagines how funny it would be to see her parents in a tank and the arguments they would have.

Madigan segues a bit into politics. She had supported Hillary Clinton when she ran for President and explains to the audience that she had gotten into debates with her old school Irish Catholic Democrat father who supported Barack Obama. Madigan says that she has no hope for America, a fact she explains is due in part to American Airlines taking away the pillows from coach. She continues this rant by talking about how organized China is and how they will probably take over the United States.

The next topics of discussion are pretty random. They are her unhealthy Los Angeles lifestyle and her religion, Madigan being a smoker and a cynical Catholic. She talks about Mormons, how complicated healthcare is, TSA and the invasion of privacy. She delves into terrorism and immigration, and banks. She rants a little about Oprah Winfrey, how narcissistic she is with all her money and power and how she is partly responsible for the current state of the economy. Sarah Palin comes up after this and Madigan just can’t believe she almost got to run the country. Paula Abdul is discussed and how drunk and high she usually seems on TV.

Madigan talks about Taco Bell and how delicious it is, the news and how annoying it can be. She comments on TiVO and how it almost has a mind of its own. She declares her love of the show Hoarders and the irony of how she hoards episodes of Hoarders. She talks about autism, the Irish, drinking, her family, Las Vegas, ladies in casinos, gay marriage, CatsThatLookLikeHitler.com, shopping, the Amish and how you can’t call them, polygamy, and being in your 40’s.

All in all, Kathleen Madigan is one funny woman. She has a very unique style. It is both sarcastic and sincere. She is satirical and has something to say. Kathleen Madigan: Gone Madigan is an amusing stand-up set and a pretty good Blu-ray disc to own. If you’re a fan of comedy or just want to chuckle, you should check this out.

Blu-ray Bonus Features

The bonus features for Kathleen Madigan: Gone Madigan are decent. There is a pre-show interview with Madigan where she shows the world how disorganized she is with her notes. There is some behind the scenes footage where Madigan, her family, and Lewis Black are hanging out in the green room swapping stories and goofing around, cute stuff.

"Kathleen Madigan: Gone Madigan" is on sale January 11, 2011 and is not rated. Comedy. Directed by Shannon Hartman. Written by Kathleen Madigan. Starring Kathleen Madigan, Lewis Black.

Randall Unger • Staff Writer

A product of the 1980s, his first cinematic experience was seeing Ghostbusters II with his parents at the tender age of 4. His favorite movies include the Back to the Future TrilogyJurassic Park, Batman and Glengarry Glen Ross. Tom Hanks is his idol and his second home is Comic Con.


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