Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone


12/29/1959, Sudbury, Massachusetts

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    • Paula appeared in the music video for the muppet's version of the Fine Young Cannibal's hit 'She Drives Me Crazy'.

    • Paula wrote the book There's Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say, in it she talks bout her legal issues, and many other topics through the lives of historical characters from Sitting Bull to Joan of Arc. The book's forward was penned by close friend Mary Tyler Moore.

    • Paula was named #88 on Comedy Central's list of '100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time'.

    • Paula completed her programs and was given back full custody of her adopted children, but lost custody of the two in her Foster care. She is no longer eligible to re-apply for the Foster program.

    • Paula was arrested on a felony warrant for three counts of commiting a lewd act with a fourteen year old girl. She pled 'no contest' to felony child endangerment and misdemeanor inflicting injury on a child for driving with her children while intoxicated. Paula received five years of probation, and six months in a alcohol rehabilitation program.

    • Paula produced the award-winning children's audio book project titled Completely Yours, and voiced a character alongside Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, and Lily Tomlin.

    • Paula has performed in almost every Comic Relief, to raise money for the homeless in America, since it's inception.

    • Paula was the backstage commentator for the 1993 Emmy Awards show.

    • Paula is the first woman to headline the White House correspondents dinner and provided live coverage of the 1992 political conventions and presidential inauguration for The Tonight Show.

    • Paula's second HBO special was titled Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard, it is the only time the university allowed their name to be used in a television show title.

    • Paula has a special column titled Ask Paula To Ask Her Cat. Paula's cat Hep can speak, but only to her, and answers all questions with authority on a wide array of topics.

    • Paula was the first to win a Cable Ace Award for 'Best Stand-Up Comedy Special' for her HBO special Cats, Cops, and Stuff.

    • Paula is heard regularly on NPR's weekly quiz show called Wait Wait! Don't Tell me.

    • Paula currently does her stand-up comedy tour, selling out venues throughout the United States.

    • Paula lists her biggest comedic influences as: Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, and Phyllis Diller.

    • Paula wrote a regular column for Mother Jones magazine titled 'Hey Paula' from 1993 through 1998.

    • Paula adopted her first child, Thomas in 1993, and went on to adopt two daughters in 1997, Toshia and Allison. She had also been a Foster parent to several children over the years, but has since been barred from doing that as a result of a legal settlement.

    • Paula is a single parent with three adopted children, nine cats, a dog, bearded dragon lizard, rabbit, and an ant farm.

    • Paula was a bike messenger by day, and bussing tables by night in a restaurant called Salad For All Seasons, when she gave her first stand-up routine a try at the Comedy Connection in Boston. Her first few auditions weren't favorable, but she went back on 'ladies night' and won over the audience, and was invited back.

    • Paula was born on December 29, 1959 in Huntsville, Alabama. She moved to Sudbury, Massachusetts and attended Lincoln-Sudbury Regional high School. She dropped out before completing her education to pursue a career in show business.

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