WSW: Paula Poundstone "Grateful" To Help Make People Laugh

Mar 29, 2019

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Paula Poundstone says open mic night at a comedy club is the classroom to learn how to be a standup comedian. She says standup is about the relationship with the audience, “you can’t teach that in school.” 

With 40 years of standup experience Poundstone calls herself “a proud member of endorphin production industry.” She will perform at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater on Thursday April 11th.


In addition to being a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Poundstone is also an author and host of the podcast Nobody listens to Paula Poundstone.

“At this point in the world, human beings what we have in common, is that we breathe oxygen, we don’t eat our young and we have a podcast.”

WestSouthwest Brief with Paula Poundstone

Poundstone says podcasts and social media give people another outlet to share jokes. She says it depends what you want to do. Poundstone says there are many ways to get famous, “some of them illegal.” Poundstone she’s grateful to have the chance to think of things that are funny and tell them to people.