Paula Poundstone

Biography

Paula Poundstone (born December 29, 1959) is an American stand-up comedian. Poundstone was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and her family moved to Sudbury, Massachusetts. She started doing stand-up comedy on open-mic nights in Boston in 1979, eventually relocating to California. She usually performs dressed in a suit and tie. In 1984, Poundstone was cast in the movie Hyperspace but she did not follow through on a potential acting career. Instead she became better known as a comedian and began appearing on several talk shows. In 1989, she won the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Stand-Up Comic.” In 1990, she wrote and starred in an HBO special called Cats, Cops and Stuff, for which she won a CableACE Award. She worked as a political correspondent for the Tonight Show during the 1992 US Presidential campaign and did the same for The Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1996. In 1993, Poundstone won a second CableACE Award, began writing a regular column, “Hey, Paula!” for Mother Jones (1993–1998), and had a variety show, The Paula Poundstone Show, on ABC (which lasted only two episodes). She was also a regular panelist for the game shows Hollywood Squares and To Tell the Truth. Poundstone takes her comedy to Las Vegas quite frequently, and you can read our interview with her below!

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