I consider myself somewhat of a comedy nerd, following comics' careers and listening to comedy podcasts. I also listen to NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! occasionally, but I still wasn't sure if Paula Poundstone, the comic who is a frequent panelist on the show, was funny--so I decided to find out. After some YouTube-ing and a little more research, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. Poundstone is smart and cynical and most of all, hilarious, ad-libbing with audience members in ways I've never seen and pulling it off every time. And, as a librarian, I was delighted to find out that she is a major supporter of libraries. In fact, her show this Friday at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., is a benefit for the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, and she's also the National Spokesperson for The Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends & Foundations, a national network of enthusiastic library supporters. Go Paula! Copies of her book, There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say, will be available for sale, and Poundstone will sign copies after the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $31.50 to $106.50. Call 512-689-0618 or visit paulaindallas.com for tickets and information.
Fri., Feb. 25, 8 p.m., 2011