Monday November 5, 2012

BELLOWS FALLS -- The Bellows Falls Opera House presents comedian Paula Poundstone from NPR’s news quiz show, "Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me" on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Armed with a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Poundstone’s ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of legend. Her razor-sharp wit makes her a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, "Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me." (2008 winner of the Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence). Her first book, "There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say," (with foreword by Mary Tyler Moore) is out in paperback and also is now available on audio. She is working on her second book.

Poundstone’s commentaries have been heard on NPR’s "Morning Edition" and her blogs appear in the Huffington Post, and 23/6, as well as the NPR Opinion Page.

Poundstone continues to be the National Spokesperson for the Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends & Foundations, a national network of library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses.

Says Poundstone: "It’s funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community.


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Librarians have stood up to the Patriot Act, sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Libraries can never be shushed. If you haven’t been to your library lately, you’re over-due."

She was recently inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. She also was just named to a list of top Unconventional People to Follow on Twitter. She was the first woman to perform at the White House correspondents’ dinner; and first woman to win a cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Performance. She is also an Emmy and Ace Award-winner for Best Program Interviewer. TV appearances include several standup comedy specials, her own show on HBO and ABC, and all the major talk shows. In 2010 Paula was invited to serve as judge in the humor category of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Poundstone has been recognized as one of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand ups of all time. For more information, visit www.paulapoundstone.com or on Facebook.

Tickets for Saturday’s show range from $28 to $44. For information, call 802-463-4766 or visit www.bfoperahouse.com.