December 1, 2022

Paula Poundstone Biography, Age, Family, Spouse, Children And Career

Paula Poundstone Biography

Paula Poundstone born on December 29, 1959, is an American stand-up comedian, author, actress, interviewer, and commentator. She is the host of National Public Radio program Live from the Poundstone Institute, a frequent panelist on NPR’s weekly news quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. 

She was also a recurring guest on the network’s A Prairie Home Companion variety program during Garrison Keillor’s years as host.

Paula Poundstone Age

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Poundstone was born on 29th December 1959 (59 years) as of 2018.

Paula Poundstone Family

Poundstone was born in Huntsville, Alabama, to Vera, a housewife, and Jack Poundstone, an engineer. Her family moved to Sudbury, Massachusetts, about a month after her birth. She has a sister; Patricia Poundstone.

Paula Poundstone Husband

There is no information about her ever dating anyone, but she also came clean that she identifies as asexual and as an atheist.

Paula Poundstone Children

She adopted two daughters and a son, after serving as a foster parent to eight kids since 199os.

In October 2001, Poundstone was charged with felony child endangerment in connection with driving while intoxicated with children in the car. She was also charged with three counts of lewd acts upon a girl younger than 14. She was sentenced to probation, six months in rehabilitation, 200 hours of community service.

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In 2002, she talked about her personal responsibility for the events that led to her arrest and the steps she has taken, including a six-month treatment program for alcoholism but said that she did not commit any lewd acts or child abuse.

Paula Poundstone Education

She attended Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School but dropped out before obtaining her diploma.

Paula Poundstone Career

In 1979 Poundstone started doing stand-up comedy at open-mic nights in Boston. In the early 1980s, she traveled across the United States by Greyhound bus, stopping in at open-mic nights at comedy clubs en route. She stayed in San Francisco, where she became known for improvisational sets at Holy City Zoo and The Other Cafe comedy club in the Haight Ashbury.

In 1984, she was encouraged to move to Los Angeles by Robin Williams after he saw her act. She performed her act when Williams hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live. That year, she was cast in the movie Gremloids. She continued as a comedian and began appearing on several talk shows.

In 1989, she won the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Stand-Up Comic”. Again in 1990, she wrote and starred in an HBO special called Cats, Cops and Stuff, for which she won a CableACE Award. This made her the first woman to win the ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special.

In 2006, Poundstone had her own Bravo special as part of their three-part Funny Girls series, along with Caroline Rhea and Joan Rivers, titled Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In.

In 1993, She won a second CableACE Award for “Best Program Interviewer” for her HBO series The Paula Poundstone Show. She also appeared on Hollywood Squares and was a regular panelist for the remake of, To Tell the Truth.
In 1996, Poundstone worked as a political correspondent for The Tonight Show during the 1992 US Presidential campaign and did field pieces for The Rosie O’Donnell Show. In 1997 Poundstone had a recurring role in Cybill Shepherd’s TV series, Cybill.

Poundstone is a frequent panelist on National Public Radio (NPR)’s weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. In 2017, she launched a new science-comedy-interview program on NPR called Live from the Poundstone Institute that released episodes weekly, then stopped suddenly, saying “the semester is over”.

Poundstone’s first book, There Is Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say, was published by Crown in 2006. Her second book, titled The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness. was published by Algonquin in May 2017. She also wrote the column, Hey, Paula!, for Mother Jones in 1993–1998, and articles for The Los Angeles Times, Glamour.

She has also been the National Spokesperson for the American Library Association’s “United for Libraries” since 2007. Poundstone is No. 88 on Comedy Central’s 2004 list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.

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Paula Poundstone’s Standup Act About “Laughing, Not Voting”

Long before she was a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Paula Poundstone has been a standup comedian. She brings her act to the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater on Thursday, April 11th.

Although she’s been doing stand up for 40 years, Poundstone says some of her audience now includes Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me listeners who didn’t know she was a comedian. Poundstone says politics gets into her act because “I don’t edit myself very well.” Asked if the Trump presidency is good for comedy or satire, Poundstone says “We needn’t worry about a shortage of comedy” if someone else is President.

But Poundstone says politics isn’t the main thrust of her act, she says her favorite part of the night is talking to the audience, asking simple questions about where they are from, what they do for a living and their family. Poundstone says it leads to fun spontaneous moments during the show.

While her tour takes Poundstone to Coldwater, there are large cities like Seattle and Denver. Poundstone says the size of the city doesn’t make a difference, but she says it’s fun to play in more conservative areas. Poundstone says no matter how conservative or liberal an area is, there are people who hold different views. She says in her case liberals in a conservative area come out to see her show. But Poundstone says she has conservative fans. “It’s fun to laugh.”

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