Paula Poundstone


Jan 17 Thu
Paula Poundstone8:00 PM | Doors: 7:00 PM
The Egyptian TheatreBoise, ID
All Ages

Paula Poundstone

32 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country -- stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went.  A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.  She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.”  Audience members may put it a little less elegantly:  “I peed my pants.”


While there is no doubt that Poundstone is funny, the thing that separates her from the pack of comics working today and that has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd.  Poundstone says:  “No two shows I do are the same. It's not that I don't repeat material. I do. My shows, when they're good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves.  Then, someone says, "Tell that story you used to tell," and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them.  No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”


Paula's interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval less artful comics have received.


Paula’s touring schedule is rigorous.  She performs an average of 75 dates per year, mostly in Performing Arts Centers and Theatres.  For those who don’t have a chance to see her live, they can listen to her brilliance on her CD’s or read her in print:  Her newest comedy CD, I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston was recorded during a performance at the historic Wilbur Theatre in the heart of the city and released on April Fool’s Day 2013. It follows her first CD, I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Maine (November 2007), recorded at the world-famous Stone Mt. Arts Center in none-other than, Maine! Both are available for sale thru Paula’s website at, on Amazon, CDbaby, Itunes, and if you are there, at Paula’s shows!  Paula is also an accomplished writer.  Her first hard cover book, There is Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say, with a forward by Mary Tyler Moore, was published in 2006 by Harmony Books, a division of Random House. It is still in release on audio (Highbridge) and in paperback.  Paula is hard at work on her second book, this one for Algonquin Press.  


Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me is now the most popular show on NPR, having reached #1 status in 2014.  Listeners can test their knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up.  Paula quickly goes on record about how much she loves being part of the show saying: “I am a proud member of the endorphin production industry.  They allow me to say whatever I want on Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me.  The panelists are unscripted, so it's perfect for me. I feel like I'm a batter in a batting cage. I get lobbed topics. Sometimes I just watch them go by, but every now and then I get a piece of one. If the others didn't cheat, it would be an almost perfect work experience.”  The show is also heard internationally on NPR Worldwide and on the Internet via podcast.  In May 2013 the show was Cinecast to movie theatres across the country.  Paula was on the show, as was Steve Martin.