Paula Poundstone is a humorist, author and comedian known for her clever, observational humor and spontaneous wit. When she isn’t collecting hotel soaps while on tour or panel-ing on NPR’s #1 show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, Paula hosts the popular Maximum Fun podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.
Paula’s stand-up credentials are endless, including Cats, Cops and Stuff; Goes to Harvard, and Look What the Cat Dragged In. She is also a staple on the late night circuit, having appeared on shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Last Call with Carson Daly and Late Show with David Letterman. Famously, Paula provided backstage commentary during the 1992 presidential election on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and was the first woman to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
In 2017, Paula released her second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness, in which she offers herself up as a guinea pig in a series of thoroughly unscientific experiments. Kirkus Reviews called the book, "A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn’t kill the humor—delivers more than it promises." The book debuted at #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers List in Humor, and the audiobook was one of the five finalists for 2018 Audio Book of the Year. The book was recognized as 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.
She has also starred in her own series on both HBO and ABC, is included on Comedy Central’s Top 100 Comics of All Time and won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. In February 2019, Paula’s stand-up special, Cats, Cops and Stuff was named by TIME Magazine as one of The 5 Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever.
“…it’s like listening to a wonderful, hilariously funny friend you never knew you had.”—Peter Sagal
“While Poundstone is completely her own flavor of comedy, she is, in ways, reminiscent of a Jerry Seinfeld, in that her jokes are about the everyday—Pop-Tarts, her cats, what she likes and doesn’t like on her pizza, ants in her home—and that they’re largely inoffensive, almost charmingly innocent.”—Boston Globe
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