Paula Poundstone isn’t your typical comedian. But if you appreciate watching a strong, creative humorist do her magic, we strongly suggest you get ready to laugh — a lot.
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 on NPR’s #1 show, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Paula hosts the popular Maximum Fun podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. In 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.
Star of numerous HBO specials and her own series on HBO and ABC, Paula’s 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. She is the first woman, in its then 73rd year, to perform standup comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Paula’s filed commentaries for CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Voice work includes the character “Forgetter Paula” in Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award-winning feature film, Inside Out.
Paula is also an author, her most recent book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness (Algonquin Books), landed at #1 on Amazon “Best Sellers” lists in Humor in all formats. It is one of eight 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, is one of five finalists for the 2018 “Audie Award” for Audio Book of the Year.
Paula is the winner of an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic and is recognized in innumerable lists, documentaries, and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians of our time.