CLAYTON – Comedian Paula Poundstone will return to the northern country on Saturday, where she performed in 2013 and 2019 and when such things were approved.
A pandemic and the closure of entertainment venues have a way of generating renewed appreciation for things like a laughing opera house.
“We need a collective response to things,” Ms. Poundstone said in a telephone interview from her home in Santa Monica, California. “It’s part of being human. It’s different than just seeing things. The human brain works that way. Sometimes when you hear or see things with a group, you see and hear things that you wouldn’t notice.”
Ms. Poundston also performed at the Clayton Opera House in 2019, which also led to a stop at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. In 2013, he did it at the Dulles State Office Building.
“It’s really nice to be back on stage and have the audience in front of me again,” Ms. Poundstone said.
But there is another motivating factor.
“It simply came to our notice then. It’s pretty compelling, ”he said.
Ms. Poundstone has a full tour schedule until the end of the year. The comedian is known for his intelligent and observant humor. Time magazine, in its March 2020 issue of Best 2020, listed Ms. Poundstone’s special HBO in “Cats, Cops and Stuff,” one of the five funniest special stands ever.
In 2018, she created the popular podcast “No One Listens to Paula Poundstone” and is a regular on NPR’s comedy news quiz, “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”, Which is heard on Saturday at 10 a.m. on North Country Public. Radio.
Ms. Poundstone was busy in the shadow caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and kept at home for 15 months, beginning in the spring of 2019.
“I started making comedy videos,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. So at first, I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to make videos to help people get through this.’ I did that for a while and then realized that this was going to go on for a long time and I had no formal income! Boy, will that wake you up? ‘
Luckily, she said her podcast, “No One Listens to Paula Poundstone,” was set. “So we went to that, of course, like everyone else who was podcasting, to record from home.”
Ms. Poundstone also created an additional mini podcast, for which she wrote her own screenplay: “French Trump Weekly Press Conference.”
“Even though there was nothing that would bring in the tickets, I was doing things I had never done creatively,” he said. “I can’t make a good impression on Trump, so I do it with a bombshell and fake French accent.”
His friends played with members of the press. “It was fun to do and something out of my wheel,” Ms. Poundstone said.
Ms. Poundstone described her podcast as a “guide to the comedy field of life.” In closing, he created a podcast segment, “Outside the Actor’s Studio!” where she performs auditions for the roles she plays as an actor. He appreciates what he did with actor Fred Willard, who died in 2020. In the segment, Mr. Willard is a veterinarian, and Ms. Poundstone is a client with a pug and a problem.
“I wrote this part for him, he was very mindful of his voice and he did it as I expected,” he said. “He was always very underrated, and Fred was often the one who didn’t understand what the characters were telling him, but he didn’t seem to get the emotions of other people in one scene, that is. It’s really fun. ‘
In the shadows, Ms. Poundstone also created “really stupid” game sessions, “Nobody Asked You,” volunteered, cared for “a house full of dogs and dogs,” and “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”
Returning to her live shows, Ms. Poundstone said the favorite part of her concerts is talking to the audience.
“I have the honor of saying, ‘Where are you from, what are you living for?’ In this way, small biographies of the audience are created, and I use that to get to sea, ”he said.
“Because of that element, a show is never the same. The mix is mixed by the audience. ”
WHAT: Comedian Paula Poundstone at Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive.
WHEN: Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
COST: Tickets are $ 30, $ 35 and $ 40 depending on seating.
TICKETS: Go to Claytonoperahouse.com or call their box office at 315-686-2200.