Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s legendary comedians, known for her smart, observational humor and peerless spontaneous wit. She tours the country, performing over 85 shows a year. Writes Nick Zaino with The Boston Globe, "You know that she is a great comic, the way you know any fine performer when you see one—there's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.”


A star of several HBO specials and her own series on HBO and ABC, Paula is heard regularly on NPR's #1 show, the comedy news quiz, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, and now weekly on her new Podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. There’s a new episode every Monday. 


Paula is the first woman, in its then 73rd year, to perform standup comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Her second special for HBO, Paula Poundstone goes to Harvard, marked the first time the elite university allowed its name to be used in the title of a television show.


Also an Author, Paula’s second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness, is one of eight books in the country to be in the semi-final round for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The audio book, read by Paula, was one of five finalists, nominated for the 2018 Audio Book of the Year Award.


Paula’s recent appearances include The Late Show with Stephen ColbertStar Talk with Neil deGrasse TysonThe Montreal Comedy Festival/Just for Laughs, Late Night with Carson DalyNerdist with Chris Hardwick, and she was a clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle. She’s filed Editorials for both CBS Sunday Morning and for NPR, Morning Edition and All Things Considered


Paula voices the character “Paulette” in Cartoon Network’s new animated series Summer Camp Island.  An avid Disney movie fan, she had a dream come true when she was cast to voice the character “Forgetter Paula” in Disney/Pixar's Inside Out, winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.  


Paula is the winner of  the American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic. She is one of the comics featured in an exhibit at the new National Museum of Comedy and is recognized in innumerable lists, documentaries, and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians of our time. 


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