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Saturday, Sept. 9, 8 p.m.—RUTLAND—Fresh on the heels of the release of her hilarious new book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search For Human Happiness,” comedian Paula Poundstone is entertaining audiences across the country, leaving them complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter and wondering if the random people she talks to are plants. Of course, they never are. “On Saturday, Sept. 9, I’ll be at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, Vt. for a night of laughter about the rest of the country,” said Poundstone of her upcoming performance. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Poundstone can be heard regularly on NPR’s No. 1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” When asked about Poundstone, “Wait, Wait” host Peter Sagal replied, “Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known. Everything she does, thinks, or says is hilarious. She is made of funny. If you chopped her into bits, each piece would be hilarious. (But don’t.) Air becomes funny having been breathed by her.”
A star of several HBO specials and her own series on ABC and HBO, Poundstone voiced the character “Forgetter Paula” in the Academy Award-winning feature film “Inside Out.” She was the first woman to share the dais with the president of the U.S. and perform standup comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic and is included in innumerable lists, documentaries and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians of our time. She has released three performance CDs, her most recent, “North By Northwest.”
On stage, Poundstone is known for her casual style, smart, observational humor, and a razor sharp spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. Garrison Keillor described her as “The bravest and best improv comic of our time.”
For more information and tickets, visit paramountvt.org or call 802-775-0903. The Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center St., Rutland.