Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:30 pm
Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula’s ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of legend. She will delight you with her ability to interact spontaneously with members of her audience. Starting seemingly casual and friendly conversations that end in riotous laughter.
Paula has starred in comedy specials for HBO and Bravo while garnering numerous awards, accolades, and firsts for a female comedian. She is recognized as one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, is the first woman to win the cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special, and is the first woman to perform standup at the prestigious White Award at their 35th anniversary. She is also the recipient of the American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and in 2010 was accepted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. and the first woman to be invited to perform at the distinguished White House Correspondent’s dinner.
Paula is currently a regular panelist on NPR’s widely popular weekly news quiz show, “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me,” where her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy is heard by 5 million homes across the country, internationally on NPR Worldwide, and on the internet via podcast. Her latest comedy CD, “I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston,” recorded at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, was released on April Fools’ Day 2013. Also in 2013, Poundstone joined Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers and several other prominent women in comedy in Showtime’s feature-length documentary produced by Lions Gate entitile, “WHY WE LAUGH TOO: Women of Comedy.”
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.”
While there is no doubt that Poundstone is funny, what 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.”
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