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Paula Poundstone

Stand-Up Comedian, Television Personality and Panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me"

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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. The Boston Globe said, “Poundstone improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician…swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net.” Paula is so quick and unassuming that audience members at her live shows often leave complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter and debating whether the random people she talked to were "plants."

Paula grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts and by the time she was 19 was traveling on a Greyhound bus across the country -- stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. She credits her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bump, with being the first one to spot her comedic talents. Bump wrote in a letter to Paula’s parents: “I have enjoyed many of Paula’s humorous comments about our activities.”

In 1979 Paula began nurturing her standup comedy talent as part of the Boston comedy scene, and then moved to San Francisco where she continued to flourish. By 1990 she’d relocated to Los Angeles and had starred in several comedy specials for HBO, as well as appeared on "Saturday Night Live" when friend and mentor Robin Williams hosted the show.

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 for Best Program Interviewer, beating out other, more recognized names in that field.)

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.

By the mid-90’s, Poundstone had shifted her performances from comedy clubs to performing arts centers and theatres where her interactions with the crowd became the stuff of legend. 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 off-kilter sensibility and impeccable timing made her a perfect fit for NPR’s “oddly informative” weekly news quiz program, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” which she joined as a regular panelist.

It took Paula eight years to write her first book, "There’s Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say." Part memoir, part monologue, Paula’s unique laugh-out-loud book features biographies of legendary historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc and Sitting Bull, among others, from which she can’t help digressing to tell her own.

In 2007 BRAVO premiered Paula’s standup comedy special: “Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In.” Other credits include: Frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion;” Voice of Judge Stone on ABC’s Saturday Morning “Science Court” aka “Squigglevision,” and “Paula,” the mom in Cartoon Network’s “Home Movies." Paula has made numerous appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman,” "Sesame Street," “To Tell The Truth” and “Comic Relief.”

Paula won an EMMY Award for her field pieces on PBS’s “Life & Times,” and is also the author, along with her high school math teacher, Faye Ruopp, of three math text books for children. For five years, she wrote a back-page column in Mother Jones.

In 2009 Paula released her first comedy CD, "I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them In Maine."

Paula continues as the National Spokesperson for (ALTAFF), The Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends & Foundations, a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. Paula is supporting libraries on a local level by partnering with promoters and the local Friends organization in cities where she performs.

Paula began fostering children in the early 1990s, and went on to become a parent to three children of her own, Toshia, 18, Allison, 15, and Thomas E., 12. The family lives in Santa Monica, California.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paula Poundstone for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paula Poundstone for your next private or corporate function.
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Paula Poundstone

Stand-Up Comedian, Television Personality and Panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me"

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Paula Poundstone Biography

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. The Boston Globe said, “Poundstone improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician…swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net.” Paula is so quick and unassuming that audience members at her live shows often leave complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter and debating whether the random people she talked to were "plants."

Paula grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts and by the time she was 19 was traveling on a Greyhound bus across the country -- stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. She credits her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bump, with being the first one to spot her comedic talents. Bump wrote in a letter to Paula’s parents: “I have enjoyed many of Paula’s humorous comments about our activities.”

In 1979 Paula began nurturing her standup comedy talent as part of the Boston comedy scene, and then moved to San Francisco where she continued to flourish. By 1990 she’d relocated to Los Angeles and had starred in several comedy specials for HBO, as well as appeared on "Saturday Night Live" when friend and mentor Robin Williams hosted the show.

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 for Best Program Interviewer, beating out other, more recognized names in that field.)

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.

By the mid-90’s, Poundstone had shifted her performances from comedy clubs to performing arts centers and theatres where her interactions with the crowd became the stuff of legend. 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 off-kilter sensibility and impeccable timing made her a perfect fit for NPR’s “oddly informative” weekly news quiz program, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” which she joined as a regular panelist.

It took Paula eight years to write her first book, "There’s Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say." Part memoir, part monologue, Paula’s unique laugh-out-loud book features biographies of legendary historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc and Sitting Bull, among others, from which she can’t help digressing to tell her own.

In 2007 BRAVO premiered Paula’s standup comedy special: “Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In.” Other credits include: Frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion;” Voice of Judge Stone on ABC’s Saturday Morning “Science Court” aka “Squigglevision,” and “Paula,” the mom in Cartoon Network’s “Home Movies." Paula has made numerous appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman,” "Sesame Street," “To Tell The Truth” and “Comic Relief.”

Paula won an EMMY Award for her field pieces on PBS’s “Life & Times,” and is also the author, along with her high school math teacher, Faye Ruopp, of three math text books for children. For five years, she wrote a back-page column in Mother Jones.

In 2009 Paula released her first comedy CD, "I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them In Maine."

Paula continues as the National Spokesperson for (ALTAFF), The Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends & Foundations, a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. Paula is supporting libraries on a local level by partnering with promoters and the local Friends organization in cities where she performs.

Paula began fostering children in the early 1990s, and went on to become a parent to three children of her own, Toshia, 18, Allison, 15, and Thomas E., 12. The family lives in Santa Monica, California.

Paula Poundstone Videos

  • Craig Ferguson 2012 30 07 Paula Poundstone 480p - YouTube
  • Paula Poundstone on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: 11 ...
  • InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse Classic: Paula Poundstone ...

Paula Poundstone Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone Speaking Topics

  • There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say

  • An Evening with Paula Poundstone

FAQs on booking Paula Poundstone

  • How to book Paula Poundstone?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Paula Poundstone for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Paula Poundstone, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Paula Poundstone or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Paula Poundstone?

    Booking fees for Paula Poundstone, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Paula Poundstone, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Paula Poundstone?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paula Poundstone for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paula Poundstone for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Paula Poundstone or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Paula Poundstone or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Paula Poundstone is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Paula Poundstone for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Paula Poundstone generally travels from Santa Monica, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Caroline Rhea, Retta, Carol Leifer, Sinbad and Richard Lewis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Paula Poundstone for an upcoming event.

Paula Poundstone Speaker Videos

  • Craig Ferguson 2012 30 07 Paula Poundstone 480p - YouTube
    Paula Poundstone on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: 11 ...
  • InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse Classic: Paula Poundstone ...
    Paula Poundstone Talks Comedy, Quiz Shows, and Cat Cams ...

Paula Poundstone Speaking Topics

  • There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say

  • An Evening with Paula Poundstone

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