Paula Poundstone Talks Comedy, Family, Technology


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Paula Poundstone talks about her career, family and technology. She in Las Vegas for two shows at The Orleans.

Any audience member can become part of the show when Paula Poundstone takes the stage at The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

“I talk about raising a house full of kids, a house full of animals, and trying to pay attention to the news to cast a half way decent vote, which we all know is not an east trick to pull off,” Poundstone told KNPR’s State of Nevada.

Poundstone said her favorite part of the show “is just talking with the audience.”

“No two shows I do are the same,” Poundstone told KNPR. “It’s not that I don’t repeat material, but about a third is new each time. I won’t probably say it again.”

Poundstone began her career almost four decades again after she dropped out of high school and began traveling the country performing at comedy clubs and open mike nights. She was the first woman to perform standup at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

You may also recognize her as a frequent panelist on the NPR program Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! Poundstone said at her show she “will not be answering questions about the week’s news for one thing.”

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“No matter how hard I try, I will not be able to win my show as with Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” she said.

One of Poundstone’s most recent projects has her lending her voice to the Disney-Pixar film “Inside Out,” which opens in theaters June 19.  “The whole idea of the film is brilliant,” Poundstone said. “The kindly named the character Forgetter Paula.”

She said her character does the forgetting in the little girl’s brain. Poundstone said most of the movie takes place inside an 11-year-old girl named Riley who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job.

“The idea was funny to begin with,” Poundstone told KNPR.


Paula Poundstone, comedian and actor


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Nov 10, 2005