Duo shares laughs, stage, and bus


The Georgia Straight - - Arts -

Lewis Black and Kath­leen Madi­gan sound like an old mar­ried cou­ple. But that’s be­cause they’ve known each other for 27 years, not be­cause they’re in any kind of ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship. At least not any­more.

“We tried that and then peace­fully agreed we’re bet­ter friends,” says Madi­gan on the phone from Nashville. On the other line, Black pipes in, “We’re re­ally good at friends. She’s like the sis­ter I never wanted.”

The funny friends are hit­ting the road in Black’s souped-up bus for a tour of Canada. Van­cou­ver is the sec­ond stop.

“I could live my life on a bus like that,” says Madi­gan, who usu­ally trav­els more sim­ply when she’s out head­lin­ing clubs and the­atres across North Amer­ica on her own. With the Wi-fi or TV, she says, “you can turn on some sports or a lit­tle news. And there’s a re­frig­er­a­tor with ham in it. I don’t know what more any­one could ask for on Earth.”

Black most ap­pre­ci­ates what the ve­hi­cle doesn’t have: other peo­ple. “There’s some­thing about see­ing where you’re trav­el­ling, as op­posed to bam-bam and in be­tween you’re 2.5 hours breath­ing in the filth of the pas­sen­gers around you.”

These two com­edy vet­er­ans—each with an episode of Jerry Se­in­feld’s Co­me­di­ans in Cars Get­ting Cof­fee un­der his and her belt—are no Burns & Allen; they’ll be per­form­ing sep­a­rately. Be­yond that, the for­mat is fluid. It’s standup com­edy, af­ter all.

“They keep ask­ing us these ques­tions like, ‘How’s the show go­ing to go?’” says Madi­gan. “I don’t know!

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