It’s impossible to attend a Paula Poundstone performance without marveling at her ability to interact spontaneously with audience members in conversations bound to garner riotous laughter. Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula’s ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of legend. Little wonder people leave Paula’s shows debating whether the random people she talked to were “plants” – which, of course they never are, and complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter.
In this, her first-ever comedy CD, “I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them In Maine,” Paula keeps the crowd laughing from the moment she sets foot on the stage until they reluctantly let her go after the encore. Recorded live -- because as Paula says, “It would be very hard to do it any other way,” -- at the world-famous Stone Mountain Arts Center in Maine, Paula takes on everything from airport security and the futility of having to put our seatbacks forward, to life as a single working mom living with 3 children and 12 cats -- not to mention designer dogs and a snow ranger. Her transitions from spontaneous interactions with the crowd to polished material are seamless. Paula’s 25 plus years of doing standup comedy have made her a seasoned professional who shines on this night of memorable laughs and insightful comedy.
Paula Poundstone is one of the country's foremost topical humorists and stand-up comedians. She has provided humor and commentary for the Emmy and Oscar Awards shows, and served as "official correspondent" for The Tonight Show during the '92 Presidential race. Poundstone has earned two Cable ACE Awards, an Emmy and the American Comedy Awards' Best Female Stand-Up award. Her writing credits include Mother Jones magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and Glamour magazine. She is currently a panelist on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!