After years of working the stand-up circuit, Paula Poundstone has established herself as one of the most successful comics in American comedy.
Her career began in small comedy clubs in Boston. But, eventually she hopped on a Greyhound bus to perform at open mics across the country.
On those stages, she began to develop a signature style of chatting it up with the audience-a skill that has made her legend with fans and fellow comedians alike.
After trekking the country, Paula Poundstone landed in California where she was able to carve out a career. Her resume includes HBO specials, appearances on the late night shows, performing at a White House Correspondents Dinner, and of course, regularly appearing on NPR’s popular program Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.
After more than 30 years in comedy, Poundstone still keeps a rigorous touring schedule. This week she makes two stops in North Carolina. Tonight she performs at Wilmington's Thalian Hall at 7:30 pm and she performs in Durham on Friday May 1 at 7 pm at the Carolina Theatre.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Poundstone about the excitement of touring, the beginnings of her career and her many eccentricities.
One of Poundstone's most popular appearances on late night television was an appearance on the The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. Watch her set and interview from that appearance: