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All the News That Fits

Funny lady spends her free time watching stuffy TV shows.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone has been juggling her professional and personal careers more than usual lately. She has three kids in school, a semi-regular gig with NPR’s news-heavy quiz show Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!, and not nearly enough time to bone up on current events. “When I was growing up, any time something that sounded like the news [came on], I couldn’t bear it,” she says. So Poundstone records fact-filled TV programs (like PBS’ NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, a favorite) and watches them “late at night, when the children can’t bother me.” Onstage, Poundstone talks about everything from her home life to politics. “I’m not doing a tour that can be on the back of a sweatshirt,” she says. “I’d like to — because I’d get a sweatshirt out of it.”
Fri., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., 2007

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