Paula Poundstone to appear in Bellows Falls Opera House

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BELLOWS FALLS >> The Bellows Falls Opera House welcomes the comedic brilliance of Paula Poundstone on Friday, March 4.

Thirty two years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country – stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. She went on to become one of our country's foremost humorists. You can hear her as a regular panelist on NPR's popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me." While there is no doubt that Poundstone is funny, the thing that probably separates her from the pack of comics working today and that has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd. Poundstone says: "No two shows I do are the same. It's not that I don't repeat material. I do. My shows, when they're good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves. Then, someone says, "Tell that story you used to tell," and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them. No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five."

Paula's interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person's expense.

Showtime is 8 p.m., Tickets are $37.50 to $52.75. Call 802-748-2600 or visit: www.catamountarts.org. The Bellows Falls Opera House is located at 7 Square Bellows Falls


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