FALL RIVER — Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, comedian Paula Poundstone is coming to the Narrows Center in Fall River, MA, on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Purchase tickets HERE.
Poundstone began nurturing her stand up comedy talent in 1979 as part of the Boston comedy scene. Since then, her ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of a legend. Little wonder people leave her shows debating whether the random people she talked to were “plants”—which, of course they never are, and complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter.
Poundstone’s spontaneity and razor-sharp wit have made her one of the most popular panelists on NPR’s hilarious weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and her commentaries can be heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and read on the Huffington Post. Her first book, There’s Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say, (with a foreword by Mary Tyler Moore) was published by Random House in 2007. Her second book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, was published last year. The book debuted at #1 on Amazon best sellers lists in Humor in Hardcover, Audible, Kindle and CD within its first ten days of release and is now out in paperback. The audio book, read by Paula, was one of five finalists for the 2018 Audio Book of the Year.
Poundstone’s guest appearances include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Late Night with Carson Daly, Nerdist with Chris Hardwick, and she was a clue in a New York Times crossword puzzle. She’s filed commentaries for CBS Sunday Morning and Morning Edition and All Things Considered for NPR. She voices the character “Paulette” in Cartoon Network’s new animated series Summer Camp Island. An avid Disney movie fan, Paula had a dream come true when she was cast to voice the character “Forgetter Paula” in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
Poundstone has had numerous HBO specials and starred in her own series on HBO and ABC. Her second special for HBO, Paula Poundstone goes to Harvard, marked the first time the elite university allowed its name to be used in the title of a television show.
Poundstone was the first woman, in its then 73rd year, to perform standup comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic and is recognized in innumerable lists, documentaries, and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians of our time.
The Narrows Center is located at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River. Tickets are $48 advance and $53 day of show. Tickets can be purchased HERE.