Crowd Pleaser

From her legendary standup routines to her versatile work for television and radio, comedian Paula Poundstone has been interacting with audiences for more than three decades. Tonight, Poundstone comes to the Newman Center with her one-woman show — which is just the way she prefers it.

“I’m so isolated in what I do. I work alone, and I have for a long, long time. It’s just me on the bill, and the reason is, I’m selfish,” Poundstone says with a laugh. “I don’t want to share my audience with anybody.” Her two-hour-plus performances are rounded out by a meet-and-greet with the crowd. “[I] shake hands and take pictures. Having a sense of who comes to see me feels like it completes the circle, in a way,” she says.

An innovator of audience-interactive standup since 1979, Poundstone was recently inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame for her relentless work shaping the modern history of humor. But she’s not always on the road: Poundstone has also found a home on National Public Radio’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, lending her commentary and political wit to the news quiz show.

Poundstone appears tonight at 8 p.m. in Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, as a benefit for Colorado Public Television. Tickets, $44, are available at
Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m., 2012


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