Paula Poundstone to return to Durango’s Community Concert Hall June 15

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Award-winning humorist Paula Poundstone is set to bring her razor-sharp stand-up comedy back to Durango on June 15. Tickets are available now.

By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
Considered one of the foremost comics working today, award-winning humorist Paula Poundstone will return to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
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Perhaps most widely known as a panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz program, “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” Poundstone is famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity.
Said Peter Sagal, host of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” “People love Paula Poundstone and they always have. The amazing thing about Paula is that she has an amazingly distinctive personality. You can see a lot of really, really great comedians, but you may walk away without a sense of who they really are … Paula comes out on stage and she starts talking about her life and then 20 minutes later, you realize you’re in the middle of her comedy act and didn’t really know it.”
Poundstone began nurturing her stand-up comedy talent in 1979 on the Boston comedy circuit, though by 1990 she had moved to Los Angeles, starred in multiple HBO comedy specials and appeared on “Saturday Night Live.” She was the first woman to receive a Cable ACE Award for a comedy special for her one-hour HBO show “Cats, Cops and Stuff,” and the first woman invited to entertain at the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Poundstone received a second Cable ACE Award for her self-titled HBO talk show series, as well as an Emmy for her field pieces on the PBS program “Life and Times.” She is recognized as one of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand-ups of all time, has won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic and, in 2010, was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame.
For her live shows, Poundstone draws upon her own complex life: three children, multiple cats, a demanding job and crazy travel schedule, and aging, as well as her signature bag of neuroses. Every show is unique as she works with each audience, engaging audience members in humorous dialogue.
About Poundstone’s stand-up, Nick Zaino with the Boston Globe wrote, “You know Poundstone’s a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one — there’s a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she’s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.”
One of her dreams came true when cast as “Forgetter Paula” in Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out,” which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2016. On June 28, 2016, her first “double live” CD titled “North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!” debuted at No. 1 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases — Non-fiction” list.
In her most recent book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness,” Poundstone takes on that most inalienable of rights — the pursuit of happiness. Offering herself up as a human guinea pig, she tries out a different get-happy hypothesis in a series of “thoroughly scientific” experiments. She gets in shape with tae kwon do. She drives fast behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. She communes with nature while camping with her teenage daughter and more. Tony and Emmy award-winner Lily Tomlin described the book as “A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat.”
Watch Poundstone on a recent episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” at
Tickets for Paula Poundstone — $34/$28 — are available online at, by calling 247-7657 or at the ticket office inside the Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango. All sales are final.

This story was posted on May 31, 2018.