There was no global pandemic when Dr. Seuss wrote, “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” Finding humor in the most dire situations can help us gain perspective and provide a welcome distraction. Comedian Paula Poundstone is an expert.
She was a panelist on March 21st’s “Wait..Wait Don’t Tell Me“–which was recorded remotely with no studio audience. Plus, she is still putting out new episodes of her podcast, “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.” She was scheduled to perform at the Buckhead Theatre Friday evening, but has since postponed her tour.
“City Lights'” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Paula last month from NPR West. She talked about what inspired the premise of her podcast.
“The driving force behind who I have on the podcast is ‘what do I need to know to function as an adult?'” Poundstone said.
She has interviewed people of all professions, from a female plumber to the CEO of Cyber Defense Group. Poundstone and her co-host Adam Felber combine comedy with expert information to help listeners navigate their lives more seamlessly.
On top of Poundstone’s observational humor, she’s known for her vivacious suits. This signature look first started in the cover photo of her performance CD, “I Love Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston.”
“I decided I would go with the classic ‘Minute Men’ outfit on the cover,” she said. “So I told my friend who was a wardrobe person, that I always wanted to wear a Zoot Suit. They’re like a piece of art; I like the bright colors and the size of the suit. And what I like about it is that it’s a uniform for me.”
A new episode of “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone” is out every Tuesday.