BY AMY ROBINSON
This Saturday, comedian Paula Poundstone will bring her unique brand of humor to Boyne City.
Stand up comedy is a really personal art form. And a face to face setting can make it all the more effective.
But Poundstone has effectively also reached out to touch people via social media. Specifically, it seems she’s nursing a bit of a Twitter addiction.
Amy Robinson spoke with Paula Poundstone yesterday about the ways in which technology has impacted her professionally.
Paula Poundstone was born in 1959 and raised in the heyday of television. Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, The Dick Van Dyke Show; she grew up in the era of the classics.
But TV is not her first love today, in fact she ran interference for her three children
“I raised my kids not allowing them to watch television, and when I would walk my son to school, he often sort of needed distracted from everything. So while we were walking to school, I would tell him stories and generally speaking, I would tell him stories about television shows, but he didn’t know it of course. I did tell him one time about the unsuspecting people who’d gone on the three hour tour on the little boat, and how the tiny ship was tossed. He looked at me like why wasn’t I a Pulitzer prize winner for this fine yarn I had spun. And basically I told him the theme song from Gilligan’s Island, and it worked like a charm. So I think second hand television is wonderful. First-hand, not so much,” Poundstone said.
But Poundstone doesn’t eschew all technology. In fact, to hear her tell it, she adores Twitter.
She said she discovered Twitter years ago at her son’s gymnastics practice. Another mom there introduced her to it. Today she follows more than 30,000 people, mainly, as she said, regular people and news organizations. And she tweets whenever the mood seizes her.
“Just the immediacy of being able to be somewhere and toss up a joke. I love that. I really felt like it would, it was like having a Roomba for me. It was like having a thing that just clears up all the clutter in my brain, because I think of jokes, and I just love the idea that wherever I am, I can think of it and put it up. And therefore I do, ” Poundstone said.
Whether you tweet or not, many NPR listeners know Poundstone. She’s been a regular panelist on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me for the better part of a decade.
She’s began her career as a stand up comedian in 1979. She’s appeared on Saturday Night Live, the Late Show and HBO.
And this weekend, she comes to Boyne City. She said her manager has been asking her to tweet the date. She said she prefers to tweet jokes.
“But I do say, oh I’m coming to Boyne City, but then it occurs to me, how many followers could I possibly have in Boyne City? I don’t really think it’s where they’re hiding. So, one person wrote back and said, yeah I’m here, and I want to thank her, very, very much. And I’m hoping she comes out. And so, by golly, I’m going to fill at least one seat in the front row. That I know for sure,” Poundstone said.
You can help fill the front row, or farther back. Poundstone’s show is scheduled for this Saturday at 8pm at Performing Arts Center in Boyne City.