Apr 27, 2013 - 7:30 pm
Paula Poundstone – Saturday April 27, 7:30 PM
Reserved: $34 advance, $37 day of show SOLD OUT
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me panelist par excellence, brings her spontaneous, intelligent humor to Chandler! Attending a Paula Poundstone performance will leave you marveling at her ability to interact spontaneously with audience members in conversations bound to garner riotous laughter. 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. Little wonder people leave her shows complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter, wondering whether the random people she talked to were “plants” – which, of course, they never are.
Paula’s off-kilter sensibility and impeccable timing made her a perfect fit for NPR’s “oddly informative”, weekly news quiz program, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me where she gets to match wits with some of the nation’s leading pundits. The show is a winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for Broadcasting Excellence.
Paula grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts and by the time she was nineteen was traveling on a Greyhound bus across the country, stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. She credits her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bump, with being the first one to spot her comedic talents. Bump wrote in a letter to Paula’s parents: “I have enjoyed many of Paula’s humorous comments about our activities.” In 1979 Paula began nurturing her standup comedy talent as part of the Boston comedy scene, and then moved to San Francisco where she continued to flourish. By 1990 she had relocated to Los Angeles and had starred in several comedy specials for HBO, as well as appeared on Saturday Night Live when friend and mentor Robin Williams hosted the show.
In 2007 BRAVO premiered Paula’s newest standup comedy special: “Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In”. Other credits include frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, the Voice of Judge Stone on ABC’s Saturday Morning “Science Court” aka “Squigglevision”, and “Paula”, the mom in Cartoon Network’s “Home Movies.” She has made numerous appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman,” ”Sesame Street,” “To Tell The Truth,” and “Comic Relief.” Paula won an EMMY Award for her field pieces on PBS’s “Life & Times,” and is also the author, along with her high school math teacher, Faye Ruopp, of three math text books for children published by Heinemann Press: The Sticky Problem of Parallelogram Pancakes, Venn Can We Be Friends?, and You Can’t Keep Slope Down. She has published several magazine articles, and for five years wrote a back-page column in Mother Jones.
Paula Poundstone was the first woman to win an ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy performance and the first woman comic to be invited to perform at the distinguished White House Correspondents’ dinner. She wrote her first book for Random House, There is Nothing in This Book That I Meant To Say. Part memoir, part monologue, Paula’s unique laugh-out-loud book features biographies of legendary historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc and Sitting Bull, among others, from which she can’t help digressing to tell her own. She is currently is hard at work on a second book. Her editorial pieces can be heard on NPR’s Morning Edition.
The Boston Globe said, “Poundstone improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician…swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net.”
Tickets are expected to go quickly, don’t miss an opportunity to see this uncannily gifted comic in action in Chandler’s intimate setting.
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