Madigan’s Pubcast

Hosted ByKathleen Madigan

Comedian Kathleen Madigan opens her Pub every week to talk about everything and anything fun in her world. Light bar conversations ranging from her parents to unsolved mysteries, sports to chimpanzee documentaries.

Holiday Movies, Emotional Support Animals, and Zombie Mink

Kathleen opens the show with a freshly poured spicy bloody Mary, mixed with Sausage Tree Irish vodka in her favorite Imo’s Pizza pint glass.

DOLLY PARTON QUOTE: Kathleen reads a Dolly Parton quote involving men’s intentions and her own female intuition.

“BAD GOOD FOOD”: In her quest for new and delicious not-so-nutritious junk food, Kathleen describes to listeners the taste of Hershey’s Kisses new limited edition Sugar Cookie candy, which she samples for the first time while recording the Pubcast and immediately realizes that the candy doesn’t pair well with a bloody Mary. Kathleen recovers and tells listeners that the newly released Gingerbread Oreo cookies will get anyone in the holiday spirit even during a pandemic, and if those don’t make you break out your reindeer bells she recommends Cheetos White Cheddar Snowflakes (which actually pair well with everything that Kathleen drinks ☺)

KATHLEEN’S QUEENS GET BUSY: Kathleen follows up on her story from EP 17 regarding Cher traveling to Pakistan over Thanksgiving to meet an elephant named Kaavan. Cher has been lobbying to relocate the pachyderm from its most recent home at the Islamabad Zoo to a sanctuary in Cambodia, and she flew to meet and serenade Kaavan before his departure for his new home.

Stevie Nicks announced this week that she has sold a majority of her publishing catalog to publisher Primary Wave for a reported $100 million. Kathleen goes off on Stevie for selling her precious hits that Kathleen loves so dearly, and is upset to advise listeners that along with the catalog purchase, Primary Wave also has access to Nicks’s name and likeness, and has established a partnership with the singer to allow her to sign new songwriters in a joint venture. Kathleen finishes her rant telling listeners that she’s considering starting a Go-Fund-Me for Stevie to prevent further insane decisions in the future on behalf of her most devoted fans.

HOLIDAY CHRISMAS MOVIE TIME: Kathleen has become somewhat addicted to the cheesy nature of Hallmark Christmas movies, disclosing to listeners that she watches at least one movie every night during the holiday season. She has branched out from the original Hallmark Channel to also watch holiday movies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel, Lifetime, and Netflix. Kathleen has created her “Good” and “Bad” list of common themes in the majority of these movie plots,

DEATH OF A SLIM JIM: In keeping with her gas station food palette, Kathleen tells listeners that she LOVES Slim Jim jerky snacks, and is extremely sad to hear that the inventor of the Slim Jim recently passed away from complications of COVID-19. Alonzo “Lon” T. Adams II died at the age of 95 in North Carolina, and spent the better part of his 25+ year career at GoodMark Foods perfecting the current recipe for the classic Slim Jim.

ANIMALS MOST LIKELY TO KILL YOU BY STATE: Kathleen continues with the new segment of the Pubcast: Animals Most Likely to Kill You (By State), as reported by the Center for Disease Control. If you live in Arkansas or Idaho and die by animal encounter, you’ve most likely run into a bear.

FEMALE FANS AND THE NFL: Kathleen is alarmed when she reads to listeners the recent comments from NBC NFL sportscaster Cris Collinsworth regarding women’s knowledge of football. While broadcasting a recent Pittsburgh Steelers game, Collinsworth stated that he was “blown away” by the questions from female fans of the team, which came across as extremely sexist when he insinuated that female fans don’t have a lot of general knowledge about how football is played. Kathleen tells listeners that the irony of those comments is that Collinsworth has worked with veteran sideline reporter Michele Tafoya for years now, and he has also worked on segments involving female NFL coaches. Kathleen boasts that her favorite sportscasters include Greg Gumbel, Bob Ley, and Mike Tirico, and that she and her mom beat her dad every week in the family NFL pool proving that women actually DO use their football knowledge in the Madigan family tree.

TIGER BITE AT BIG CAT RESCUE: Like many listeners, Kathleen was obsessed with the Netflix documentary “Tiger King” about private zoo owner Joe Exotic and his feud with Carole Baskin from Tampa-based Big Cat Rescue. Baskin’s big cat sanctuary has come back into the national news last week when a volunteer nearly had her arm torn off by a tiger. Kathleen reviews the circumstances surrounding the incident, and also Baskin’s two dismal performances on Season 29 of ABC’s reality show “Dancing With the Stars.”

AIRLINES VS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS: As a frequent flier, Kathleen has strong feelings regarding Emotional Support Animals flying on commercial planes. Until November 2020, the federal government had no law regarding emotional support animals, which effectively required airlines to accommodate any animal that was presented with appropriate documentation from a doctor as a service animal. Airlines maintain that the old policy under the Air Carrier Access Act had been abused and was dangerous to flight crews and passengers, and as a result US Department of Transportation has ruled that only dogs qualify as service animals. Kathleen secretly loved seeing strange Support Animals in the airport every week, including kangaroos, monkeys, and the infamous peacock that made national news when its owner said she couldn’t fly without it.

ZOMBIE MINK: Kathleen reads an article from Denmark where several thousand mink carcasses rose from the ground weeks after being buried. Denmark is one of the mink capitals of the world supplying pelts for the global fur industry, and these particular group of weasels were believed to be carriers of the COVID-19 virus. Kathleen evaluates the horror experienced by locals at the sight of the dead animals.

2020 CHRISTMAS STAR: Kathleen tells listeners of a rare occurrence set to take place December 21st, 2020 when Jupiter and Saturn will cross paths and appear to be a mega-star, or “Christmas Star.” Historians believe that the Three Wise Men tracking the birth of Jesus could have been following a similar celestial event, rather than the recorded “Star of Nazareth.”

JESUS’ CHILDHOOD HOME DISCOVERED: Kathleen shares breaking news from Jerusalem with listeners, where archaeologists believe to have discovered the childhood home of Jesus.

MYSTERY OF THE WEEK: Kathleen discusses the mystery behind the buried treasure of New York City gangster Dutch Schultz. Three groups of treasure hunters are looking for the missing loot, and PBS has released the documentary “Secrets Of The Dead: Gangster’s Gold” detailing the history of Schultz, and the hunt for his missing fortune.