Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor and a spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. Time magazine, in the March 2020 “Best of” issue, listed Paula’s HBO special, Cats, Cops and Stuff as one of The 5 Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever. Paula can be heard weekly as the host of the comedy podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone and as a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Also an author, Paula’s second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness (Algonquin) was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The audio book was one of five finalists for the Audio Book of the Year AUDIE award.
Paula was the first woman, in its then 73rd year, to perform standup and host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, sharing the dais with the then President of the United States. She has starred in several HBO specials, including Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard, marking the first time the University allowed its name to be used in the title of a television show. Her live coverage of the 1992 Democratic National convention to The Late Show with Jay Leno was so memorable that she ended up doing the Republican Convention and the Presidential Inaugural as well. In 1994, The 46th EMMY Awards followed with an invitation for Paula to do standup on the show.
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