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The Lensic Performing Arts Center will host comedian Paula Poundstone Dec. 13. Poundstone’s “Ha Ha Ho Ho Holiday Comedy Show” is at 7:30 p.m.
“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,” Poundstone said. “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 said, ‘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.”
Poundstone’s interchanges with the audience are never mean, or done at a person’s expense.
She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval less artful comics have received.
Her newest comedy CD, “I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston,” was recorded during a performance at the Wilbur Theatre in the heart of the city and was released on April Fool’s Day 2013.
Over the span of her career, Poundstone has amassed a list of awards and accolades that stretch the length of a great big tall guy’s arm. She not only shot through the glass ceiling, she never even acknowledged that it was there.
Never one to stereotype herself as a “female comedian,” or limit herself to comedy from a “female” point of view, in the early 90’s she was the first woman to win the cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special and the first woman to perform standup at the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner where she joined the current President as part of the evening’s entertainment.
Poundstone is also a published author and lecturer. Her hard cover book, “There is Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say” (Crown, 2006, with a forward by Mary Tyler Moore) is still in release on audio (Highbridge) and in paperback.
Other writing credits include the back page columnist of Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and Glamour magazine.
Tickets are $27.50-35 and available at TicketsSantaFe.org, 988-1234, or at the Lensic Box Office, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.