SPR presents Wait, Wait ...Don't Tell Me's Paula Poundstone!

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Showtime: 7:30pm

Price: $36.00 - $40.00 A $2 Bing Crosby Theater Facility Fee is added to each ticket purchase

Event Donors: Diedrich Manufacturing, Randall | Danskin, Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters, Washington Trust Bank

It’s impossible to attend a Paula Poundstone performance without 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 Paula’s shows debating whether the random people she talked to were “plants” – which, of course, they never are, and complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter.

Poundstone's razor-sharp wit makes her a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, the 2008 winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence. Her first book, There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say, (with foreword by Mary Tyler Moore) is out in paperback and on audio.  Paula is hard at work on her second tome for the same imprint, Harmony Books, a division of Random House. Paula’s commentaries have been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and her blogs appear in the Huffington Post and 23/6, as well as the NPR Opinion Page.

Paula was recently inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame.  The Chief Archivist of the Hall said she was unanimously chosen because “Her wit, insights, intellect, and fantastic capacity to improvise helped to set the bar for all artists in stand-up in the modern era."  Simply put, no literate history of comedy could be told without Paula’s voice.  She was also just named to a list of top Unconventional People to Follow on Twitter. 

Awards and Distinctions

First woman to perform at the White House correspondent’s dinner

First woman to win a cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Performance

Emmy and Ace Award winner for Best Program Interviewer

TV appearances include several standup comedy specials (HBO, and Bravo), her own show on HBO and ABC, and all the major talk shows.  In 2010, Paula was invited to serve as judge in the humor category of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  The Awards are the largest, longest running recognition and scholarship program for teenage artists & writers. Paula has been recognized as one of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand ups of all time! Poundstone also released her first comedy CD: I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them In Maine, 60 minutes of hilarious comedy recorded live at the sensational Stone Mountain Arts Center – because as Paula says, “It’s very hard to do it any other way.”

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