"You know she’s a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one.” – The Boston Globe
Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone's quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy has earned her widespread acclaim and prominent roles in both television and feature films. On top of performing standup comedy to packed audiences across the U.S., Poundstone kicks off an all-new satirical podcast this year on NPR, “Live From The Poundstone Institute,” with weekly episodes taped in front of live audiences.
Poundstone’s newly released book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of The Search for Human Happiness,” has generated rave reviews by national literary publications. She further remains a favorite regular on NPR’s No. 1 show, the comedy news quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”
Her diverse acting work includes voicing a lead character in Disney/Pixar’s Oscar-winning film “Inside Out,” as well as being featured on hit TNT show “Major Crimes.” Her first double-live CD “North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live,” released in 2016, debuted at No. 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases and Comedy CD lists.
Poundstone has amassed numerous accolades and awards for her comedy work. In 1992, she became the first woman to share the stage with the president and host the prestigious White House Correspondents Dinner, a role never before offered to a woman in the event’s 72-year history. She was also the first woman to ever receive the Cable ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy Special. Comedy Central has also included Poundstone on its list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time.