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SPR Presents Paula Poundstone June 22

Credit Janean Jorgensen / SPR
Paula Poundstone thrilled a theater filled with SPR listeners on June 22, 2017.

Nothing is safe from Paula Poundstone. Politics, social constructs, electronic devices (or as she likes to call them, "Flat Things.")  The comedian spent a couple of hours on Thursday, June 22 by entertaining people from all over the Inland Northwest with observations and anecdotes from her everyday life.

Listen to Paula's interview with Verne Windham

The frequent panelist on NPR’s hit current-events quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! talked a bit about her "boss, Peter Segal." She also shared some stories of being on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

Paula Talks to NPR About Her New Book

Before and after her performance, Paula signed copies of "The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness" in the lobby (sold there by representatives from Auntie's Bookstore.)

Thanks to Event Donors: The Cleaning AuthorityDodson's JewelersSam Rodell, Architects and Strong Solutions.

Additional thanks to Spokane Production Services, Lowell Sather, A.P.A Talent and Literary, Burns & Burns, The Staff of the Bing Crosby Theater, Hotel Lusso, Peters & Sons, Event Rents, and the event's SPR Volunteers.

In June 2016, her first live double-CD, "North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!" debuted at #1 on both Amazon’s “Hot New Releases – Non Fiction” and “Comedy CD” lists. She has also done commentaries for CBS Sunday Morning.

Paula tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country. Her previous Spokane performances have also sold out.


The talents of this brilliant humorist extend beyond standup comedy, but stop short of yodeling. Poundstone began nurturing her stand-up comedy talent in 1979 on the Boston comedy circuit. By 1990 she had moved to L.A., starred in multiple HBO comedy specials, and appeared on Saturday Night Live. Poundstone was the first woman to receive a Cable ACE Award for a comedy special for her one-hour HBO show, "Cats, Cops, and Stuff" and the first woman invited to entertain at the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Dinner. In 2016 Paula voiced the character "Forgetter Paula" in Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award winning animated feature film Inside Out.

Proceeds from the event benefited Spokane Public Radio.

Paula's website is, she comments on current events on Twitter as @paulapoundstone, and many of her other random thoughts are on Facebook/PaulaPoundstone.

Look for her Wait Wait appearances online via podcast or on air many Saturdays at 11 a.m. on KSFC 91.9 and again at 2 p.m. on KPBX 91.1.