On most weekends, more than 5 million people who tune into NPR’s news quiz show, “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” enjoy the clever comedian Paula Poundstone, who works at the intersection of politics and comedy, managing to nail a situation accurately and with humor time after time.
An author and lecturer as well, Poundstone will appear in Colorado at 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. “Appear in concert” is what they call it, but she will demonstrate why she is thought of as one of America’s great humorists.
She holds spontaneous, impromptu exchanges with the audience over all sorts of topics, managing to entertain without being mean or nasty. Political comment is current and artful and she is a master storyteller.
Honors have accumulated from coast to coast for this funny woman, who lives in Santa Monica, Calif., with her family.
Her 2006 book “There is Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say,” is still available in audio and paperback versions, and her new comedy CD, “I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston,” was released, appropriately, on April Fool’s Day, 2013.
Another side to Poundstone’s activities that may be less well known is her ongoing role for the American Library Association. She is National Spokesperson for United for Libraries, the national Friends of the Library citizen support network. Groups across the nation work to raise funds and awareness for these valued community institutions — and come forth when there is a fracas over a book or topic.
She says each show she does is different, so the audience can expect new and current material when Paula Poundstone steps onto the Chautauqua stage.