Comedian Paula Poundstone at the Wadsworth Theatre
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Chelsea Handler -- irreverent host of the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately -- is hitting the road for a national stand-up comedy tour in support of her fifth book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. An absurd and hilarious collection of travel essays, Uganda Be Kidding Me finds Handler detailing her exploits while on safari in Africa, attempting to kayak in the Bahamas and escaping from a German hospital on crutches. She also shares her unique thoughts on etiquette, hot spots and memorable destinations. Handler's previous books, which include My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang and Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, have been met with critical acclaim for their comedic voice. Be prepared for a night of laughs when the words in her latest book leap from the pages and are delivered straight from Handler's feisty mouth. Learn More
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Paula Poundstone is great at interactive comedy. Don't sit up front if you're shy because if she looks your way, be prepared to be peppered with questions from her about what you do for a living; not mean but definately for laughs. Apparently a number of seats in the front row were left empty because the folks who had those tickets chickened out.
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Paula will be signing books in the lobby after the show. All book sale proceeds benefit the Friends of the Los Angeles Library.
Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone, and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula Poundstone is famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. By 1990, she had starred in several comedy specials for HBO and appeared on Saturday Night Live. Paula’s first one-hour HBO special, “Cats, Cops, and Stuff,” made her the first woman to ever receive the Cable ACE for best standup comedy special. She also starred in a self-titled talk show series for HBO for which she won her second Cable ACE Award.
In 1992, Poundstone forsook what she considered the ‘staid’ 5-minute standup set on late night talk-shows for something she thought would be more real with the audience and filed memorable field commentary of the Presidential Election for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This led to her own show on ABC, aptly named, “The Paula Poundstone Show,” and behind-the-scenes coverage of that year’s EMMY Awards for which she was critically acclaimed. During this time, she also became the first woman to perform at the White House Correspondents dinner. In 1996, Paula taped her second hour special for HBO, “Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard,” – the first time that elite university has ever allowed it’s name to be used in the title of a television show.
Paula’s first book, There’s Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say, is part memoir, part monologue, and features biographies of legendary historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc and Sitting Bull, among others. Last November BRAVO premiered Paula’s newest standup comedy special: “Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In.” She has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” ”Sesame Street,” “To Tell The Truth” and “Comic Relief.” Paula was recently named the national spokesperson for Friends of Libraries U.S.A – a citizens support group with chapters all over the country that help raise money for their local libraries children’s summer reading programs, author events, special book collections, equipment, and whatever else they might need.