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Paula Poundstone

Friday, Aug. 1

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Paula Poundstone is one of those rare artists whose fame comes from such different places, people who know her from one thing may have no idea she does another.

Some know the award-winning comedian, author and humorist, who has turned awkward into an art form, from her TV specials, talk show appearances and sitcom spots. Some remember her fondly as Paula, the voice of Paula Small, the divorced mother of 8-year-old auteur Brendon in the cult-classic animated series, Home Movies. And some know (and love) the wry, unconventional Poundstone from her turn as a panelist on NPR's popular quiz show, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! And then there are those who have seen her live.

Poundstone is not only an exceptional storyteller but an interactive one, working an audience throughout an entire set, making them an integral part of the show. You may think you know Poundstone, but if you haven't seen her perform, you don't know the whole story.