Paula Poundstone

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06.21.2014

On air Paula and Michael reminisce about beepers, mimeographs, organic comedy material. Then Michael inquires about Poundstone's potential Jewish heritage, which she answers is misfounded and she has no desire to find any more of her relatives. 

Poundstone regales about her past and path of life from Huntsville, Sudbury to her current life with children and 'more than a dozen cats.' 

Over the span of her career, Paula has amassed a list of awards and accolades that stretch the length of a great big tall guy’s arm. She not only shot through the glass ceiling, she never even acknowledged that it was there. Never one to stereotype herself as a ‘female comedian’ or limit herself to comedy from a ‘female’ point of view, in the early 90’s she was the first woman to win the cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special and the first woman to perform standup at the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner where she joined the current President as part of the evening’s entertainment.

If it means anything to anyone, she is recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. Paula won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and in 2010 she was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame.

Currently she can regularly be found as a regular panelist on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, "Late Night w/Craig Ferguson" about 3 times a year and she'll do an occasional editorial for NPR's "All Things Considered," not to mention a myriad of comedy specials, documentaries and collections.

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