Comedian, actress, author, mother and cat-lover Paula Poundstone will return to The Orleans Showroom September 26-27, bringing her wry observational humor and a fresh stand-up act.
Poundstone spent the early ‘80s travelling the United States via public bus, honing her craft by performing at comedy clubs and open mic nights. She eventually landed in Los Angeles, where she stepped onto the national stage performing a stand-up comedy set on “Saturday Night Live” in 1984. Poundstone became the first woman to win a Cable ACE Award for a comedy special for her one-hour HBO special, “Cats, Cops, and Stuff.” She received her second Cable ACE Award for her self-titled HBO talk show series.
Poundstone had a huge year in 1992, working as a political correspondent for The Tonight Show and becoming the first woman to perform at The White House Correspondents Dinner. Her success continued throughout the 1990s, with “The Paula Poundstone Show” on ABC, a second HBO Special “Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard,” and appearances on several television shows including “Cybill” and “Science Court” and voice work on “Hercules” and “Home Movies.” In 2006, she appeared in a BRAVO comedy special, “Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In.” Poundstone is the recipient of an Emmy Award for her field pieces on the PBS program “Life & Times” and most recently appeared in the television documentary “Why We Laugh: Funny Women.”
Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz program “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me,” where her impeccable timing is key to the show’s format. She has also appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” and written several magazine articles, including five years of writing the back page column in “Mother Jones,” and has authored multiple books, including “There’s Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say.” Her first comedy CD, “I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Maine,” was released in 2009. Her most recent comedy CD titled “I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston,” was released in 2013.
Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.