Paula Poundstone creates humor on the spot as she speaks — equipped only with a stool, a microphone and a Diet Pepsi. Her spontaneous interaction with audience members will bring guffaws when she appears in concert at 8 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Newman Center.
The Comedian a regular panelist on National Public Radio's weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me” and offers commentary on NPR's Morning Edition at times. Literate comedy would describe her style.
Poundstone has for some time been the national spokeswoman for the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a national network of library supporters. Libraries benefit from her appearances as she partners with local groups.
She said: “It's funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing bespectacled women. The truth is that libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. Librarians have stood up to the Patriot Act, sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Librarians can never be shushed. If you haven't been to your library lately, you're overdue.”
Her frequent TV appearances on her own shows and on comedy specials have earned her ongoing recognition.
In 2010 she served as a judge in the humor category for Scholastic's Art and Writing Awards, a long-running recognition program for teens across the nation.
She is completing a second book, to follow her “There's Nothing in this Book That I Meant to Say,” and has released a CD, “I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Maine,” recorded at the Stone Mountain Arts Center.
If you go
Paula Poundstone will appear at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., University of Denver. Tickets: $44. 303-871-7720.