All the News That Fits

Funny lady spends her free time watching stuffy TV shows.

Comedian Paula Poundstone has been juggling her professional and personal careers more than usual lately. She has three kids in school, a semi-regular gig with NPR’s news-heavy quiz show Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!, and not nearly enough time to bone up on current events. “When I was growing up, any time something that sounded like the news [came on], I couldn’t bear it,” she says. So Poundstone records fact-filled TV programs (like PBS’ NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, a favorite) and watches them “late at night, when the children can’t bother me.” Onstage, Poundstone talks about everything from her home life to politics. “I’m not doing a tour that can be on the back of a sweatshirt,” she says. “I’d like to — because I’d get a sweatshirt out of it.”
Fri., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., 2007