Paula Poundstone, is an American novelist, comedian, and commentator, and has a net worth of $2 million. Paula creates her comedy specials and frequently appears as a guest star on radio and television shows.
Early Life and Childhood of Paula Poundstone
Poundstone was born in Huntsville, Alabama on December 29, 1959. Vera and Jack Poundstone are her parents. Poundstone’s father was an engineer, and the family relocated to Sudbury, Massachusetts, a month after she was born.
In Boston’s open mic nights in 1979, Poundstone made her comedic debut. She then started touring the country in the early 1980s in a Greyhound bus, stopping along the way to do performances at open-mic nights at various comedy clubs.
She spent a lot of time in San Francisco, where she established a following for her improvised performances at venues including Holy City Zoo and The Other Café.
She received a break in 1984 when Robin Williams, who had seen her perform, urged her to go to Los Angeles so she could advance her career and take advantage of additional chances.
Soon later, Poundstone had the opportunity to showcase her performance on a “Saturday Night Live” episode that Williams hosted. She received a role in the film “Gremlins” that same year.
The success of Paula Poundstone
She continued performing stand-up for the following four years and frequented late-night chat shows. For “Best Female Stand-Up Comic,” she won the American Comedy Award in 1989.
She was the first female winner of the CableACE Award for a standup comedy special in 1990 for her work on the HBO special “Cats, Cops, and Stuff,” which she wrote and appeared in.
The act has lasted the test of time, as comedian Tig Notaro listed it in TIME Magazine’s list of the five funniest stand-up specials ever in March 2019. She released “Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard” as a follow-up to her debut special, which was likewise successful.
Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In was the title of her own special that debuted on Bravo in 2006 as part of the network’s three-part “Funny Girls” series.
In addition to her comedy specials, Poundstone also found success in other comic fields. During the 1992 US Presidential election, she worked as a political correspondent for “The Tonight Show,” and in 1996, she contributed to “The Rose O’Donnell Show.”
Additionally, she was the HBO host of her program, “The Paula Poundstone Show,” which won a CableACE Award. Her unusual voice has also enabled her to pursue a career in voice acting.
She has appeared as a frequent panelist on “To Tell the Truth” and had a recurrent role on “Cybill.” On the educational animated children’s program “Science Court,” which aired on ABC Kids in 1997, she provided the voice of Judge Stone.
As of late, she has become a regular panelist on the well-liked weekly quiz show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” on National Public Radio. She also voiced the mom in the UPN cartoon series “Home Movies” until its cancellation in 1999.
Paula Poundstone also collaborated with NPR on the science-comedy interview program “Live from the Poundstone Institute,” which aired throughout 2017.
Along with Adam Felber, she began hosting the information-based comedy podcast “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone” in July 2018. She has also published several novels.
There is Nothing in This Novel That I Meant to Say, her debut book, was released in 2006. 2017 saw the release of her second book, “The Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.”
Poundstone has maintained a regular touring schedule across the nation throughout her other career pursuits. She does not perform the same act twice and often interacts frequently with the audience, allowing her to win over audiences.
She also released three comedy CDs in 2009, 2013, and 2016. Her writing has also been featured in “Mother Jones,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “Glamour,” and “Entertainment Weekly.”
What is Paula Poundstone’s Net Worth?
Paula Poundstone is an author, stand-up comedian, and commentator with a $2 million net worth, according to celebritynetworth.
Besides developing her comedy specials, Paula also appears on popular radio and television programs.
Personal Life of Poundstone
Poundstone describes himself as both an atheist and an asexual. She started acting as a foster parent in the 1990s, and since then, she has fostered eight kids.
Two daughters and a son from this group of kids grow up to be her adopted children. In October 2001, Poundstone had a run-in with the law when she was accused of felony child endangerment while operating a vehicle with a child inside.
She was also charged with performing indecent acts on a minor under the age of 14, but the lewd acts charges were later withdrawn as part of a plea agreement.
Poundstone received a five-year probationary sentence, a lifetime ban on taking faster minors, a six-month rehabilitation program, and 200 hours of community service.
She also went to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. Although she admitted guilt on the child endangerment allegation, she continues to stand by her innocence on the lewd behavior charge.
Since 2007, Poundstone has acted as the national spokesperson for the American Library Association’s “United for Libraries,” a group of citizens who assist local libraries by raising funds and public awareness. Poundstone enjoys reading a lot.