Kathleen Madigan has spent 25 top-notch years in comedy, but she said she's already got her eyes on retirement.
"I would love for it to be in five years," Madigan said. "I don't know if I'll have enough money for it, but that'd be great."
Madigan added that when it comes, she's really stepping away.
"It's not gonna be a (b-------) retirement," Madigan said. "I like it when people keep to it. When Johnny Carson said he was out, he was really out. David Letterman has said he's out, even Jay Leno, I'm happy he's doing his car show instead of comedy, because that's what he loves more than anything. Good for those guys."
For the time being, however, Madigan is still going strong, and she'll appear at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Friday as part of her "The Mermaid Lady" tour.
Called "the funniest comic in America, bar none" by Lewis Black, Madigan has released five albums, three DVDs, two HBO specials and three Comedy Central specials. Her third one-hour special, "Madigan Again," is currently available on Netflix and was named one of iTunes' Best Comedy Albums. She is a regular panelist on Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" and was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award.
"That's cool, because I don't really care if I win a trophy or anything, but it's nice to know that when I'm running around 350 nights a year, someone's paying attention," Madigan said.
She added that running around in 2016 is different than it was 25 years ago because it's harder to be noticed, with TV and media splintered into hundreds of channels.
"About 100 years ago, there were only three channels and two-thirds of the country watched Carson," Madigan said. "I don't even know how that'd happen anymore unless they got a comic in the Super Bowl. With 800 channels, Netflix, Hulu, it's not consolidated."
Because of that, Madigan says she does more press than she used to.
"We joke that we spend more time talking about ourselves than being ourselves," Madigan said. "It's great if you're a narcissist, but if not you get tired of your own voice by noon."
However, Madigan did note that it has given creative people more avenues, citing Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" (on which she recently appeared) and his decision to distribute it via online streaming website Crackle instead of HBO.
"If HBO or any of those people got involved, it'd just be more people involved," Madigan said. "Here, there's one cameraman, there are no rules, no time limits, just edited down to whatever Jerry wants. That's a good thing about having a million outlets."
One outlet Madigan has taken to is Twitter, which she noted her preference to over Facebook in "Madigan Again" after citing the "diarrhea of the fingers" people get on the latter.
"There's too much information you learn on Facebook about your friends," Madigan said. "Peggy from accounting is nice until you see her Facebook page and learn she's a Nazi who collects 1,100 hamsters. I didn't want or need to know that."
"Twitter is great. It's 140 characters, you don't need to friend someone, and if someone's annoying you can mute them," Madigan said. "Muting is a time out. Blocking is dead, like shooting someone through the phone."
It also brings her to fans from Modesto to Milwaukee, where she filmed her fourth one-hour special this March. Madigan said that while she likes how appreciative audiences are in less populated areas, she's mostly noticed through her constant touring just how similar people are all over the world.
"When you're touring in Wyoming or Montana or for a USO show, they're really excited, because they don't have as many choices for a night out as people in Chicago," Madigan said. "But mostly, people are all the same."