32 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country -- stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went.  A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.  She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.”  Audience members may put it a little less elegantly:  “I peed my pants.”

At the top of her game! - San Francisco Chronicle

Never been funnier! - Boston Globe

Insightful, thought-provoking humor - Chicago Tribune   

While there is no doubt that Poundstone is funny, the thing that separates her from the pack of comics working today and that has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd.  Poundstone says:  “No two shows I do are the same. It's not that I don't repeat material. I do. My shows, when they're good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves.  Then, someone says, "Tell that story you used to tell," and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them.  No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”

She performs an average of 75 dates per year.  Her newest comedy CD, I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston was released in 2013, following I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Maine (2007).   Paula's first book, There is Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say, with a forward by Mary Tyler Moore, was published in 2006.  Paula is hard at work on her second book.

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me is now the most popular show on NPR, having reached #1 status in 2014.  Listeners can test their knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up.  Paula quickly goes on record about how much she loves being part of the show saying: “I am a proud member of the endorphin production industry.  They allow me to say whatever I want on Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me.  The panelists are unscripted, so it's perfect for me. I feel like I'm a batter in a batting cage. I get lobbed topics. Sometimes I just watch them go by, but every now and then I get a piece of one. If the others didn't cheat, it would be an almost perfect work experience.”

Paula grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and began performing at open-mic nights in 1979. She was never one to stereotype herself as a ‘female comedian’ or limit herself to comedy from a ‘female’ point of view.  In the early 90’s she was the first woman to win the cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special and the first woman to be invited to perform standup at the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner where she joined the current President as part of the evening’s entertainment.  Paula had her own comedy specials on HBO and BRAVO.  Paula is recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.  She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and in 2010 she was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame.

In addition to appearances in many network and public television series and specials, she has made numerous appearances on all the late night talk shows, including David Letterman, and a regular stint with Craig Ferguson.  She has also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and guested several times on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.  In 2000, when a syndicated version of the popular game show To Tell The Truth came calling for Paula to be one of the panelists, she found another perfect showcase for her razor-sharp humor and spontaneous wit.

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Show Dates & Times:

8/15/15 - Saturday

7:30 pm,

$35/General Admission

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