• Ask Me Another

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    Ask Me Another

    Kathleen Madigan

    Mon, January 30, 2017

    Doors: 6:45 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

    The Bell House

    Brooklyn, New York

    $20 adv / $25 door

    This event is 21 and over

    **Please note that this event will be mixed seating/standing. Please arrive early for the best seat selection.

    Ask Me Another
    Ask Me Another
    Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.

    For an hour, listeners can play along as Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.

    Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

    Ask Me Another is a co-production of NPR and WNYC.
    Kathleen Madigan
    Kathleen Madigan
    Over Kathleen Madigan's 25 year career she has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and so on. She was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic and her third hour-long special, Madigan Again, was named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums of 2013. Madigan Again, premiered on September 11 exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America, and is now available on CD, DVD and audio or video download. Previously she's released 4 CDs and 2 DVDs and starred in 2 HBO specials, 3 Comedy Central specials, 3 CMT Salute to the Troops specials with Ron White and her last hour-long special, Gone Madigan, premiered on Showtime and is available on Netflix.

    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."

    It's been a 25 year career of 300 nights a year on the road. "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, to club gigs, to theaters, to headlining the Mirage in Las Vegas.

    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."

    She remains the only comedian in the history of NBC's Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other comedian--meaning no comedian would say they were funnier than her. Madigan was a top three finalist in Season 2 and and a judge on Season 5.

    She's a favorite on nationally syndicated radio shows such as the The Bob and Tom Show and The Stephanie Miller Show. She's also in constant rotation on SIRIUS-XM Radio and is repeated voted #1 audience favorite by listeners.

    Madigan has performed internationally at festivals and theaters in Ireland, England, Australia and has filmed six Montreal Gala Shows at the Montreal Comedy Festival for Canadian television.

    Originally from St. Louis, Missouri and she splits her time between the road, Los Angeles and Missouri.
    Venue Information:
    The Bell House
    149 7th Street
    Brooklyn, New York, 11215
    http://www.thebellhouseny.com/