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Paula Poundstone is one of those talented comedians who can riff the night away with any old audience member randy enough to shout out some hooch-fueled commentary. She’s the kind of gal who will dive deep into jokes about being publicly ordered into Alcoholics Anonymous (“Kinda beats the hell out of that second A, doesn’t it?”) She mines every bit of her life for laughs, and it’s her acumen that keeps her audience enthralled, whether she’s plumbing the depths of her struggle with alcohol or mulling over the homework her kids bring home. Her quick wit and accessibility have landed her firmly in Volvolandia, as a regular on NPR’s Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! and A Prairie Home Companion. She also wrote the column “Hey, Paula!” for Mother Jones from 1993 to 1998. But she’s still totin’ the necktie and Diet Pepsi for live shows, and releasing books and a CD along the way. I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Maine is a live recording, just unleashed in January, and word is there's another book on the way.
March 20-21, 8 & 10:15 p.m., 2009

 
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