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Paula Poundstone born December 29, is an American stand-up comedian, author, actress, interviewer, and commentator. Beginning in the late s, she performed a series of one-hour HBO comedy specials. She provided backstage commentary during the presidential election on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Poundstone was born in Huntsville, Alabama , the daughter of Vera, a housewife, and Jack Poundstone, an engineer. Poundstone started doing stand-up comedy at open-mic nights in Boston in In the early s, she traveled across the United States by Greyhound bus, stopping in at open-mic nights at comedy clubs en route. In , Robin Williams saw her act and encouraged her to move to Los Angeles. She performed her act when Williams hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live. She continued as a comedian and began appearing on several talk shows. She also appeared on Hollywood Squares and was a regular panelist for the remake of To Tell the Truth.
Like a lot of comedians, she at first prepared a monologue of sorts, a set of prepared jokes that would form the basis of her act. The Massachusetts native born in Sudbury in will bring her irreverent and self-deprecating humor back to the Valley when she appears in Northampton on Saturday, March 14 at Smith College. In past years, she also picked up a good number of games and presents for her three children — now all in their 20s — at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Finding those opportunities has been important because Poundstone still keeps a busy touring schedule, averaging at least a couple stand-up shows a week. Though she takes some prepared jokes and general conversation ideas on stage with her, Poundstone says her favorite part of her shows is interacting with the audience, asking people questions and talking about a huge range of subjects, from the silly to the serious, and getting people to laugh about it.
Seven months ago, until her arrest on child abuse charges, Paula Poundstone, a comedian with an amiably witty, improvisational style, had a flourishing career performing at theaters, colleges and corporate events. Poundstone's longtime manager. Burns is part of a small team facing probably one of the toughest reclamation efforts that Hollywood's strategists and image molders have encountered. The task is difficult chiefly because the initial charges against Ms. Poundstone last June were so repugnant: lewd acts upon a child and child endangerment. In September she pleaded no contest to one count of felony child endangerment and one misdemeanor count of inflicting injury upon a child, and the other charges were dropped. But the circumstances that led to her arrest remain hazy, in part because court records have been sealed.