Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone
Paula Poundstone
  • Born: December 29, 1959
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Comedian

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Paula Poundstone is an American stand-up comedian, author, actress, interviewer, and commentator. Beginning in the late 1980s, she performed a series of one-hour HBO comedy specials. She provided backstage commentary during the 1992 presidential election on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She is the host of National Public Radio program Live from the Poundstone Institute, a frequent panelist on NPR's weekly news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, and was a recurring guest on the network's A Prairie Home Companion variety program during Garrison Keillor's years as host.

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Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas.
How do you come back? It's one step at a time. I'm optimistic because I don't know what else to be. Time
I also like a great Caesar salad with anchovies, although I don't know why some places say 'with anchovies.' If you're making a proper Caesar salad, it's going to have anchovies.
I can make things, but I don't cook them, exactly. Like salmon, I can stick that in a pan. Or the other day I made noodles, but they were hard. It never occurred to me to check them; I just stopped cooking them when I felt they were ready. Really, I'm too absentminded.
I did auditions at a club called the Comedy Connection. They wanted nothing to do with me. But one night they were doing a night of all women comics, and they invited me to do that. Women
I don't have a bank account because I don't know my mother's maiden name. Humor
I don't need a holiday or a feast to feel grateful for my children, the sun, the moon, the roof over my head, music, and laughter, but I like to take this time to take the path of thanks less traveled. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I get the first flight out from anywhere I am because I have to come home to my kids.
I have a horrible memory and I used to consider that a liability, but I've learned along the way that talking to people is really a beautiful thing.
I have a very silly sense of humor. I've never laughed harder in my entire life than seeing someone with toilet paper stuck on the bottom of their shoe. Life ;Humor
I have jokes I've told before and will tell again, but my favorite part of the night is talking to the crowd.
I love key lime pie, although it's never made the proper way. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love talking to the audience, and I must be the luckiest performer in the world. I always land something or somebody that just takes off. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I mean, I do love clever and witty, but I think that the 'Three Stooges' were geniuses. They'd have to be for their appeal to have lasted this long. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I only do two things in my life, and that's take care of my kids and work. Fortunately, these are my favorite things to do, so it works out. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I talk to a lot of librarians, and there's always a steady drumbeat of how libraries are places of community. But a lot of them have also recently - and just in the nick of time - refurbished, because during this economic downturn, people have a tendency to borrow instead of buy. Time
I used to watch 'The Waltons' and sob because my family was nothing like that. We had a cruel sense of humor in my family. Humor ;Families, Children & Parenting
I was born in Alabama, but I only lived there for a month before I'd done everything there was to do.
I was diagnosed a number of years ago with obsessive-compulsive disorder - which everyone has, to some degree - and I have this really annoying trait where in conversation, I always steer it back to something that happened to me.
I was the youngest in my family. When the other kids went to school, my mother would make them breakfast and then she would go back to bed for an hour, so I was sort of babysat by television. Families, Children & Parenting
I'm really more prolific than most stand-ups. My act changes. I do fold in new experiences, new observations, whatever you want to call it.
I'm thankful for Sarah Palin's vice presidential bid, which taught us that Alaska is not in a box off the coast of California.
I'm thankful for the three ounce Ziploc bag, so that I have somewhere to put my savings. Humor
I'm thankful that my memory is good because my vision is going.
My act is sort of improvisational. I have a skeleton in my head, but no fat or skin on it.
My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, 'Mom, they weren't trying to teach you how to swim.'
Once I was gone for a month and I was just miserable, so I flew back from Florida for two hours just to be home and see my cats.
President Obama could keep a big map with push pins on it to keep track of how many countries hate us, and when we get down to only half, let's have a ball. I'll blow up the balloons myself.
The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.
The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling. Time ;Death
There are really only so many foods and so many ways you can prepare them.
When every high school graduate can spell the word, 'inauguration,' let's put lampshades on our heads and listen to his speeches until Obama's voice gives out.
When I sat down to write I just felt like a geek writing about myself. And then it dawned on me, just because of the way I am, I can't stop talking, and part of the problem is that anything that gets said reminds me of something that happened to me one time, and invariably I cut people off and talk about myself. Time
When we live up to our Constitution, let's form a Conga line around the Capitol and bungee jump off the dome.
When we save the rain forest, the polar bear, and Al Gore, we should party so hard that Canada calls the cops on us for noise.