Paula Poundstone brings comedy act to MCCCWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s 8 a.m. in California, and Paula Poundstone admits she already popped the top of her favorite diet cola.
“Yes I have,” she said and laughed.
The comedienne needs to be ready to take care of her three children, 10 cats, dog, lizard and bunny.
“The first thing I do every morning is get up and clean disgusting substances. It’s my whole life; it’s very glamorous,” she deadpanned.
Fans can expect to hear more about raising kids and animals when Poundstone comes to the Monroe County Community College La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theater for a 7:30 p.m. show April 16.
Remaining tickets are $22.
“I talk about the difficult job of trying to inform oneself in order to be a halfway decent voter,” Poundstone said. “I talk about public schools, and I talk about Abraham Lincoln and Frank and Joe Hardy, but only where appropriate.”
In addition to her self-deprecating humor and offbeat observations, Poundstone is known for talking to the audience.
“I do these little biographies of people in the room and it gives every show an unexpected and great flavor,” she said during a call from her Santa Monica home.
She mentioned a person she talked to on her 2009 CD, “I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Maine.”
“At the [show] in Maine, the guy I asked what do you do for a living said he was a snow ranger, and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” Poundstone said.
That disc, surprisingly, is Poundstone’s only recording.
“First of all, I don’t know that the world was worse off without a Paula Poundstone CD,” she said. “If years ago when everyone was doing comedy CDs, if I had jumped right in, I wouldn’t have been able to get [the biographies] in. Now the characters in the room are on the CD, which is great.”
The Emmy Award winner has been quite a character herself.
“The first sentence of the last paragraph of the summary letter written by my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bump, in May of 1965 says, ‘I have enjoyed many of Paula’s humorous comments about our activities,’ ” the comic said. “So Mrs. Bump thought I was mildly humorous in her kindergarten class, and I always appreciated that note.”
Maybe she developed her wit to elicit her favorite response.
“The sound of laughter delights me,” Poundstone said. “When I was little and my mother would have her friends over to play canasta, she’d send us up to bed and you could hear the ladies laughing through the floor. It was a great sound.”
These days she makes people laugh as a panelist on the quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” on National Public Radio and as a regular guest on “A Prairie Home Companion.”
She’s also working on a book.
“It’s loosely titled ‘The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.’ It’s about things that people think will make them happy,” Poundstone said.
“I wrote a book called, ‘There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say,’ and that one took me nine years,” she said. “When I started this one, I thought somehow I’d bring it in; how high did I set the bar there?”