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Standup comedian Madigan goes directly to Netflix

September 5, 2013


Sept. 05--The world of standup comedy is changing, and stand up comedian Kathleen Madigan is rolling with the punch lines.

Madigan joins a growing list of comedians who are bypassing cable and network TV and releasing their comedy specials directly to Netflix. Madigan's latest special, "Madigan, Again," comes out on Netflix Sept. 11.

Madigan said she likes the watch-when-you-want aspect of Netflix much better than the networks, which often market the release date of a special but never let viewers know when it will repeat.

"Netflix is spending the proper money to kick TV's ass," said Madigan, who said she appreciated Netflix embracing her creativity and its fair compensation.

"It's nice that (Netflix) said 'Yeah we will pay for it and how much do you want? No problem'," she said in a phone interview last week.

But there are some pitfalls with using pay-per-download media libraries like iTunes: "Who's counting? I have to believe the numbers you're telling me because it's an invisible, intangible product," Madigan said, adding, "I can't trust it."

Madigan, a 25-year comedy veteran, swings into Tucson's Rialto Theatre Friday for an encore to her 2012 nearly soldout Rialto show. She said she's not too familiar with the Tucson landmarks, but she golfs when she's in town.

"(It's) fun to visit, but the heat is too much for my pale Irish fair skin," Madigan said of Tucson, addind that Phoenix is the only place where she has heard a pilot announce before landing an aircraft, "it's too hot to land the plane."

"Did we land on the sun?" she quipped.

Los Angeles-based comedian Chuck Martin, who used to be a regular in Tucson and Phoenix early in his career, opens the show. Martin was a writer for the award- winning TV series "Arrested Development" and the film "Bee Movie."

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