Kathleen Madigan on Why She Admires Joan Rivers, Doesn't Fight With Lewis Black, and Could've Predicted the Ferguson Tragedy

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Natalie Brasington
Kathleen Madigan is scheduled to perform on Friday, September 19, at Talking Stick Resort.
Stand-up comic Kathleen Madigan has never been shy about skewering herself. In fact, she can be both candid and clever when joking about her drinking habits, gambling habits, lack of ambition in the gym, Irish-Catholic upbringing, or perpetual singlehood while onstage or in her most recent special, the hilarious Netflix special from last year, Madigan Again.

The comedienne also gets especially snarky when riffing on pop culture and topical issues, except when it comes to certain current events of a tragic nature.


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13 Must-See Comedy Shows in Metro Phoenix This Fall

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W. Kamau Bell performs in Phoenix this fall.
Something funny is in the air.

Make that 13 things. This fall we're finding you the best ways to bust a gut with stand-up specials happening all around the Valley. Whether they're old-school-style stand-up artists or up-and-coming comedians, here are performances you oughta mark on your calendar.


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T.J. Miller and Rick Bronson on Stand-Up, Silicon Valley, and Phoenix's Newest Comedy Club

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Josh Chesler
Comedian T.J. Miller, left, and owner Rick Bronson are hoping to create one of the country's top comedy scenes in Phoenix with the freshly opened House of Comedy.

T.J. Miller might be best known as Erlich Bachman from the HBO television show Silicon Valley, or for his movie roles, like his supporting role in She's Out of My League or "getting yelled at by Michael Bay on the set of Transformers," but there's much more to him than being "the guy from Our Idiot Brother." Miller's favorite way to perform is in the form of live stand-up, and it's not something he'll stop doing anytime soon.

"People might come out because they think, 'Oh, that guy's funny as Erlich,' but some of them will hopefully leave thinking that I'm funny as a comedian," says Miller, who's performing at the grand opening of Rick Bronson's House of Comedy in Phoenix all weekend. "Some other people will probably just leave really confused, but that's okay, too. This is like, 'Hey, come and hang out with me,' and you get a whole different experience that you'd never get from watching TV or anything. Whereas that's just a TV show to entertain you."

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Paul Mecurio on Paul McCartney, Wall Street, and Advice for Future Comedians

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Courtesy Stand Up Live
Paul Mecurio performs at Stand Up Live Thursday, September 4, through Sunday, September 7.
Paul Mecurio likes to keep his plate full.

At present, the mergers and acquisitions lawyer turned comedian writes for the Daily Show With Jon Stewart -- a gig he's had for more than a decade that's earned him an Emmy and a Peabody Award. He produces his own podcast, The Paul Mecurio Show, performs his own stand-up, and has at least three potential television shows in development.

We caught up with Mecurio in between his many jobs to talk about Paul McCartney, Wall Street, and his advice for future comedians.


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10 Comedians You Should Know

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Comedy Central
If you don't know this stand up now, he's about to become a household name.
There are a lot of rising stars in the comedy world right now, and it seems stand-up is in something of a golden age. Even sitcoms, for the most part, have done away with the laugh tracks and traded the sexy Hollywood stars and starlets for professionals in the art of being funny. Truthfully, the more great comedians that are out there performing, the harder it is to know whom to follow. We just want to warn you that the following 10 people likely will have you giggling at your desk.


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Tom Cotter on Lucky Breaks and America's Got Talent

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It's a dog-eat-dog world out there.

And no one knows this better than Tom Cotter. The New York comedian came in second to a troupe of dancing dogs on the seventh season of ABC's America's Got Talent. Since then, he's been riding out his runner-up success, restocking his arsenal of quick one-liners, and taking his show on the road. Up next is Phoenix, Arizona.

We caught up with Cotter before his upcoming shows in the Valley to discuss talent, timing, and the dogs that still give him nightmares.


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Jamie Kilstein on Performing in Phoenix, Panic Naps, and Politics

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Jamie Kilstein is making his voice heard.

The progressive left-wing comedian can be found sharing his thoughts on war, abortion, gun control, rape culture, religion, veganism, and mainstream media coverage on stage at New York comedy clubs, on his comedy album, What Alive People Do, on his political podcast with Allison Kilkenny, Citizen Radio, and on the pages of their upcoming book #Newfail set for release October 14.

This weekend Kilstein and improvist John Frusciante will perform at Playhouse on the Park to deliver a one-night only show that's part stand-up, part improv, and all parts politcal.

We caught up with Kilstein about how he got here, where he's going, and what's in store for Phoenix.


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Comedian Annabelle Gurwitch on Aging Not-So-Gracefully and Performing at The Most of Lit Lounge

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Courtesy Annabelle Gurwitch
Annabelle Gurwitch on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" in April.

Comedian and author Annabelle Gurwitch has a habit of turning the negative into positive -- or, at the very least, a lucrative book deal. When Woody Allen fired her from the cast of his off-Broadway New York production, Writers Block, in 2003, she created Fired, a collection of essays about getting canned from Tim Allen, Felicity Huffman, and David Cross to name a few. When her 50th birthday was fast approaching, she penned I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 a comedic call to action for the middle-aged that has made the New York Times bestseller list.

Her penchant for performing caught the attention of Tania Katan, the entertainer at the helm of SMoCA's Lit Lounge series and the second annual The Most of Lit Lounge event held on Thursday, June 26 at the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

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Voyage Trekkers Movie Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You (This One)

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Squishy Studios
Doctor Rena (Gabrielle Van Buren), Captain Sunstrike (Adam Rini) and Commander Powell (Logan Blackwell) make up the cast of Voyage Trekkers

The Phoenix-based web seriesVoyage Trekkers is looking to boldly go where no Arizona sci-fi web series has gone before: the silver screen.

After doing two seasons of their "comedic love letter to Star Trek," creators Nathan Blackwell and Craig Michael Curtis have their sights set on making a feature film in the near future, with the help of their fans. The duo recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to try and raise the funds needed to get the Voyage Trekkers movie off the ground. The guys from Voyage Trekkers will be out at Monkey Pants Bar & Grill Sunday, June 29 to "shamelessly promote" their project, as they put it.


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Adam Carolla on His Podcast Drama and Returning to Phoenix

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Stand Up Live

Patent trolls be damned, The Adam Carolla Show must go on.

Former host of The Man Show and the Crank Yanker himself, Adam Carolla will bring his podcast, The Adam Carolla Show to Phoenix's Stand Up Live on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, with two shows per night. His special guests include Doug Benson, Teresa Strasser, Kelley James, and Arizona's own John Holmberg. "There's nothing that gets you going like the live show," Carolla says.


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