Veteran stand-up comic Kathleen Madigan lends her watchful eye to this season of Last Comic Standing. As a talent scout, she's mixing the contestants up between some old friends and some new faces.
Kathleen Madigan on Last Comic Standing
"Between the three of us [scouts], because I've been doing it 20 years and between us probably 60 years, a lot of the comic we've seen that end up on the show, we know," she said. "But there are people that should have gotten a shot before but for some reason were missed. So I think the talent this year, I wouldn't want to have to go up against any of them. I mean, they're really, really, really funny."
Madigan takes the job very seriously because it is her reputation on the line. "With every comic and every club person in this country, I don't want to throw it down the window and say let's just pick people because they look good or whatever, they have a hook. These are real comics that are really, really funny."
Since this year's competition is expanding worldwide, we will hear funny voices from other English-speaking parts of the world. There should not be any language barriers. "Because I've done Ireland, I've done the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, I've worked in London a million times, we're all talking about basically the same stuff. It's just a different accent, and maybe the British audiences have more patience than an American audience."
Some foreigners, however, made a distinct impression. "The Australians are just like crazy. They would come in, and I'd be like, 'Sir, have you ever told a joke ever?' 'No, no, mate. Thought I'd give it a try. Cheers.' And they'd run away. I was like, 'Well, that's very gutsy. You just show up on a national show doing something you've never done in your life, thought he was going to win. 'Am I out? Am I out?' 'Oh, yes you're out. You're definitely out.'"
Some accents were problematically thick. "The Scottish people we just couldn't understand. I'm like, 'I could watch Braveheart 20 more times. It's still not clicking.' The accent was so thick that we were like, 'We just have to say no. We don't know what you said. If you could write it down and bring it back, maybe.'"
Last Comic Standing airs on NBC.
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