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"Gone Madigan" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

The 1996 American Comedy Award winner for "Best Female Comedian" appears in this hilarious stand-up special, shot at the Gramercy Theater in New York City, Kathleen takes on politics, American culture and her family who has given her full permission to sell them down the river. Madigan has been seen over 12 times on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Dr. Phil, ESPN, The Joy Behar Show and has had her own specials on HBO and Comedy Central. Madigan was the only comedian in the history of NBC's Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other comedian. She lives in Los Angeles but spends inordinate amounts of time with her family in the Missouri Ozarks.


Specifications

  • Image Entertainment
  • 2011, Color, Not Rated, 1 Hr 4 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080i
  • Codec: MPEG-4
  • 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Kathleen Madigan
  • Directed by Shannon Hartman
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This special originally aired on Showtime in December 2010. The DVD/Blu Ray release followed in January 2011. Kathleen covers a wide range of current topics with her material here including Afghanistan, Oprah, health care reform, Sarah Palin, etc. But her best material revolves around her family and her Irish upbringing. Madigan seems to be very relaxed and in control on stage. She doesn't need to resort to raunchy or radical tactics to get genuine laughs from the audience. She has a very interesting and entertaining perspective, offering up a wide array of impressions of both real and fictional characters. This is where she is at her best. My favorite example being when she imitates Paula Abdul as an American Idol judge. While her material is acceptable for audiences of all ages, she does let an F-bomb slip out now and then.

Technical

The vast majortiy of the show is Katheleen on stage standing next to a bar stool with two generic bottles of water. There are a few shots of the audience. The video has serious compression artifacts on the main feature. The compression is exacorbated by the fact that the stage lighting is inadequate for video production. The audio is a little better, providing a good sense of ambiance reflecting the theater space. Kathleens voice is clear and uncolored.

Extras

There are two extras on the disc. An brief "interview" with Madigan as she gets ready to go out on stage. The other extra is much longer and more entertaining. It is a sort of behind the scenes look where you get to meet Madigan's parents and siblings. Louis Black is there, preparing for his warm-up act. The extras are in 480i and LPCM stereo.