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55 Star Starred
Wadsworth Theatre
11301 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90073
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 21 members
Review from Mark Marcus
Red Velvet 361 events 113 reviews

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...continued

reviewed Jul 12 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Aviva
Red Velvet 86 events 52 reviews

Don't remember when we last laughed so much! Paula has an amazing knack for combining her comic material with the spontaneous happenings around her. It made the performance very personal and extraordinary. I kept wishing our teens had come...continued

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Review from Philip M.
65 events 49 reviews

Although her humor is much, much different than his, I was reminded of Billy Connelly. Both get up, look at their watches, talk about whatever comes to mind until they've been on stage for 2 hours (or 2-1/2 for Billy), then say good night. Like...continued

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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.

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