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Paula Poundstone Part 1

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I sat down with my good friend from the Boston comedy days, comedian Paula Poundstone 

Paula is known for her smart, observational humor and a spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. Time magazine, in the March 2020 “Best of” issue, listed Paula’s HBO special, Cats, Cops and Stuff as one of The 5 Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever. Paula can be heard weekly as the host of the comedy podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone and as a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Also an author, Poundstone’s second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness (Algonquin 2017) was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The audiobook was one of five finalists for the Audio Book of the Year AUDIE award.

Paula was the first female comic, in its then 73rd year, to perform at the White House Correspondents dinner.  She was the first female standup, in its then 5th year, to win the ACE award for Best Comedy Special on Cable television. She is recognized in innumerable lists, documentaries and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians of our time.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • Paula’s discusses social life during the pandemic (03:03)
  • The troubles with getting people to vaccinate  (04:05)
  • How travel has changed and the FAA’s new rule (07:57)
  • Her hilarious stories of traveling and performing during the pandemic (10:22)
  • What industries should be in charge of communicating and selling the idea of masking and vaccination (13:04)
  • Jimmy and Paula’s hilarious ideas to get people to vaccinate (15:52)
  • Why Paula likes to visit the “Dicier” states (17:32)

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