Long Live Laughter – Times-Herald

-Comedian Paula Poundstone brings the laughs to Fairfield (contribution). Though she’s been making people laugh professionally for more than four decades, comedian Paula Poundstone, who makes a tour stop in Fairfield next week, always has a fresh take on things.

Early in his career, starting on the East Coast, then moving west to San Francisco and Los Angeles, Poundstone attracted the attention of a number of already established comedians, including Robin Williams, who served as a guest while hosting him. brought in. Saturday Night Live.”

In the late 1980s, Poundstone taped several HBO comedy specials, and in 1992 she was a special correspondent for Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” covering that year’s presidential election.

Poundstone’s live shows — where she’s known for interacting with people in the crowd and making them a part of the show — have remained her favorite outlet over the years. This was one of the main aspects of his career which he missed during the COVID lockdown.

Poundstone said, “I was jealous of musicians because they could tell you about an intimate concert from their living room—even if I had an act that didn’t involve talking to the audience, which is my favorite of the night.” Is part of.” “That’s really the heart of it. You can’t do stand-up comedy — it’s a conversation and if you don’t have the person on the other side you won’t react. They came up with a laugh track for that, and you know , in life in general. Even the Flintstones had a laugh track for God’s sake.”

Now that she’s on the road again, she’s finding that her fans miss her as much as she misses them.

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“It’s great to be back with the audience, they’re saying things to me like, ‘Thanks for being here!’ It’s like a relationship,” said Poundstone.

“Everything that happens on the show is kind of thrown into the mix – it’s a great experience to talk to individual audience members. I’d ask “What do you do for a living?’ Biographies come out, and I use that to establish myself. Someone will tell me something that reminds me of a story or a piece of material that is somewhere in my mind. No two shows are the same,” said Poundstone.

if you go: Paula Poundstone, Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m., Downtown Theater Fairfield, tickets are $45-$55. For more information visit ftpresents.com.