Paula Poundstone

Comedian, Voice actor, Columnist
An inventive and politically astute comedian, Paula Poundstone adhered to the same sort of observational techniques used by Mort Sahl, George Carlin or Ellen DeGeneres rather than relying on the quick quip or pre-fab ... Read more »
Born: 12/29/1959 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Major Crimes 2016 (Tv Show)

Herself

Inside Out 2015 (Movie)

Forgetter Paula (Voice)

Why We Laugh: Funny Women 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Very Funny Stand Up 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1995 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

To Tell the Truth 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Great American History Quiz: Americana 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Squigglevision 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybill 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Movies 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

Reasonable Doubts 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Paula Poundstone Show 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of Barbie 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Club Superstars 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The CLIO Awards (1995) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

50 Years of Funny Females 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Future Quest 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sea World/Busch Gardens Party For the Planet 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Count on Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Universal Studios Summer Blast 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A New York Night -- Live! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

One-Night Stand 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up! Voices in Celebration of Education 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Math... Who Needs It?! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Paula Poundstone: Cats, Cops and Stuff 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Just For Laughs 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Women of the Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An inventive and politically astute comedian, Paula Poundstone adhered to the same sort of observational techniques used by Mort Sahl, George Carlin or Ellen DeGeneres rather than relying on the quick quip or pre-fab jokes. She rose to prominence during the 1980s boom in comedy clubs. Poundstone's wry, improvisatory style and offbeat, off-the-cuff remarks delighted audiences and her popularity allowed her to make the transition from cult figure to TV star.

Relationships

Jack Poundstone

Father
moved family to Massachusetts in 1960 one month after Paula was born Poundstone is reportedly estranged from her parents

Vera Poundstone

Mother
Poundstone is reportedly estranged from her parents

Milestones

2002

Regained full legal custody of her three adopted children she lost last year after pleading no contest to child endangerment,

2001

Resumed performing career with an appearance in Santa Cruz, California (December 14)

2001

On September 12, pleaded no contest to child endangerment on Wednesday in return for all sex charges to be dropped; sentenced to five years' probation and 180 days in an alcohol-treatment center in October; returned to court in November for violating prob

2001

Admitted through her attorney that she was battling alcoholism (July)

2001

Arrested and charged with committing lewd acts on a child and child endangerment; released on $200,000 bail; pleaded innocent at July 3rd arraignment

1999

Wrote episodes and voiced the lead character of a single mother raising two foster children in the animated series "Home Movies" (UPN)

1998

Starred in the busted Fox sitcom pilot "Paula", loosely inspired by her life as a foster mom

1997

Was a roving correspondant for the syndicated "Rosie O'Donnell Show"

1996

Executive produced, wrote and starred in the HBO comedy special "Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard"

1995

Made contributions to the PBS program "Life & Times"; received L.A. Area Emmy nominations

1994

Was a commentator in the pre- and post-shows for the Academy Awards

1993

During the annual telecast of the Emmy Awards, provided backstage commentary

1993

Starred in the short-lived ABC variety series "The Paula Poundstone Show"

1993

Made dramatic acting debut in an episode of NBC's "Reasonable Doubts"

1992

Hosted HBO's "The Paula Poundstone Show", a comedy/talk program

1992

Served as "official correspondant" for "The Tonight Show" during the US Presidential race

1991

Was one of the female comedians profiled in the documentary "Wisecracks"; released in the USA in 1993

1990

Headlined the HBO special "Paula Poundstone: Cats, Cops and Stuff"; also wrote

1989

Guest starred in an episode of the Fox sitcom "It's Garry Shandling's Show"

1989

Made first of multiple appearances at "Comic Relief" (aired on HBO)

1988

Served as an executive consultant on the Showtime series "Poison"

1987

Was one of the participants in the HBO comedy special "Women of the Night"

1987

Early TV credit in the Showtime special "Just for Laughs"

1980

Moved to San Francisco (date approximate)

1979

Began performing comedy at "open mike" nights at local clubs

Was a panelist on the syndicated game show "To Tell the Truth"

Had recurring role on the CBS sitcom "Cybill"

Raised in Sudbury, Massachusetts

Bonus Trivia

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In 1993, after receiving certification, Poundstone became a foster mother.

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Poundstone was a producer and voice performer on the children's audio book project "Completely Yours".

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She has been a contributing columnist to Mother Jones magazine.

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