Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor, and a spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. Time magazine, in the March 2020 “Best of” issue, listed Poundstone’s HBO special, Cats, Cops and Stuff as one of The Five Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever. She can be heard weekly as the host of the comedy podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone and as a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”
Also an author, Poundstone’s second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness (Algonquin) was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The audio book was one of five finalists for the Audio Book of the Year AUDIE award.
Paula was the first female comic to perform at the White House Correspondents dinner, in its then 73rd year. She was the first female to win the ACE award for Best Comedy Special on Cable television, in its then 5th year of the award. She is included in innumerable books and documentaries as an influential comedian of our time.