Be prepared to be part of show when Poundstone takes Mesa stage

Paula Poundstone

Comedian Paula Poundstone will bring her brand of spontaneous, interactive comedy to the Grand Valley with a show on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St.

Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR Radio’s popular news quiz show, “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me,” with an impressive resume from many years in the spotlight.

“Twenty-five years ago, Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the county — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went,” a news release said. “A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time.”

She has won numerous awards and accolades over the years, and according to the release, was the first woman to win the cable ACE for best Stand-up Comedy Special and the first woman to perform stand-up at a White House Correspondents dinner.

Earlier this year, Poundstone joined fellow comedians Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers and others in a feature-length documentary, “Why We Laugh Too: Women of Comedy.”

She is a published author and lecturer. Her book, “There is Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say,” was release in 2006 with a forward by actress Mary Tyler Moore. She also is a back page columnist for “Mother Jones,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “Entertainment Weekly,” and “Glamour” magazine.

Poundstone’s “ability to be spontaneous with a crowd,” sets her apart from other comics, the news release said.

“No two shows I do are the same,” Poundstone said. “It’s not that I don’t repeat material. I do. My shows, when they’re good, and I like to think the often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kid or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves. Then someone says, ‘Tell that story you used to tell,’ and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them. No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”

Mesa Theater doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will be at 9 p.m.

Tickets cost $39 and all seats are general admission. Purchase tickets at or call 243-8497 for information.


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