Paula Poundstone has been making audiences laugh for decades. Starting in Boston in the late 70s doing stand-up comedy at open-mic nights, she has since become a prolific and decorated comedian, writer, commentator, and podcast host. A Comedy Hall of Fame inductee and American Comedy Award winner for Best Female Stand-Up Comic, she was the first woman to win a Cable ACE Award and perform at the White House Correspondents Dinner. She is included in innumerable lists, documentaries, and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians of our time. This hilarious and dynamic performer, known for her smart, observational humor will return to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 8pm as part of the Barts Tree Service Comedy Series. She’s currently touring across the country, but this will be her only Connecticut stop! Get your tickets now and don’t miss out on what will be a hilarious night with one of the greats! Before the show, visit Southwest Cafe (109 Danbury Road, Ridgefield) and enjoy a complimentary margarita with your entrée when you show your ticket. Media sponsor for the show is WSHU Public Radio.
A clear crowd favorite, Paula Poundstone’s upcoming show at The Ridgefield Playhouse will be her ninth performance at the venue! And why wouldn’t audiences love her? You don’t get placed on Comedy Central’s Top 100 Greatest Standups of All Time list by accident. Time Magazine doesn’t call just anyone’s work one of The 5 Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever. (Her HBO special, Cats, Cops and Stuff.) Poundstone draws in and delights crowds with her razor-sharp wit and smart observational humor. She engages with the crowd at every show, making each performance unique and intimate. “I’m sure that every therapist in the world would clear up some time for me in their schedules if they heard me say this: my audience is my best friend. It’s not like we go and do stuff together but still, spending that time with people and laughing together is special.” Along with being a stand-up comedian, she is also the author of two books, There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say, and The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness. The latter was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States, and the audiobook was one of five finalists for the Audio Book of the Year AUDIE award. She can currently be heard weekly as the host of the comedy podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone, alongside her co-host Adam Felber, and of course as a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
For more information or to purchase touchless print at home tickets ($45-$55) online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office for VIP Party Pass at (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.