Kathleen Madigan

Next time you hear someone saying that women comedians aren’t as funny as their male counterparts , you can happily refute the claim with two words: Kathleen Madigan. She just released her newest special, Madigan Again, on Netflix, and it’s one more entry in a consistently hilarious output that marks her as the funniest woman, if not person, in the country. Her style is warm and real. Where others rant and advocate and mock, Madigan maintains a slightly tipsy distance from the chaos and madness of the world around her, processing its funnier bits in a breathy, self-deprecating chuckle. Her latest spiels are wonderful juxtapositions. While the young people around her bitterly complain about a small rise in the price of stamps, she remains eternally impressed that she can send a piece of paper to Alaska for less than two bits. She also recounts touring Afghanistan to perform for the troops, and describes the country as like a visit to the Old Testament. “The bad Bible,” she calls it. “The one where God is a lunatic and shit’s on fire for no reason. Not the fun Bible with the wine-and-cheese parties.”

8 p.m. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. For information, call 713-230-1600 or visit bayoumusiccenter.com. $29.50.
Sat., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., 2013

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