Paula Poundstone was in town this weekend. We saw her on Saturday night. If we had gone on Friday night, we would have gone again Saturday night. Paula does observational humor. That means she does not do a prepared set of jokes. She creates humor as she observes it in the audience. There is a lot of audience involvement. Because each performance has a new audience, every show is different.
We learned that Paula has sixteen cats. She didn’t talk a lot about them, but they pop up in conversation and on her web site.
We laughed for an hour and a half with barely a breath in between. One lady stood up. Paula asked if she was alright. The lady said she laughed so hard her sides hurt. Paula replied, “Did you say you laughed so hard your thighs hurt?” Then Paula did a little rendition of Elvis rocking his hips and thighs and asking the lady if her thighs always hurt when she laughs.
Steve and I were so happy to see Paula Poundstone in person. She is often a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, a radio show we enjoy. She is also an author, actress, commentator and interviewer. Check out her blog, Paula Poundstone.com.
After the show, there were CDs and books for sale. You could also get an autograph or a picture taken with Paula. As we waited in line to get our CD signed, I thought of my friend Linda Crim, affectionately known on line as Miss Dazey. Her favorite comedian is Jeannie Robertson.
I loved Paula’s performance and her sense of humor, but the after show was a great show too. A middle aged gentleman in a wheelchair waited for her to arrive. He wanted his picture taken with Paula, but she was on the other side of the table. No problem Paula said, she came around the table and put her arm around the guy’s shoulder for the picture. The guy’s companion was so nervous, she couldn’t get the camera to work. Paula stood there and talked with the folks until the lady got the picture. Everyone waiting was involved for that short time. Their reward was a brilliant smile from a very thankful fan. Paula went on to the next person as if this happens every day.
We were there for an hour after the show. Paula joked and laughed with everyone and was so kind. One lady in front of me had her autograph six different items, including an autograph dog. Paula did it all with a smile. Her willingness to mingle was impressive.
It is nice to see someone in person be even better than one could imagine. Go Paula.
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