CLAYTON — Comedian Paula Poundstone returns to the northern country on Saturday, where she performed in 2013 and 2019, when such things were taken for granted.
The pandemic and the closure of entertainment venues could revive respect for things like an opera house full of laughter.
“We need a collective response to what’s happening,” Ms. Poundstone said in a telephone interview from her home in Santa Monica, California. “It’s part of being human. This is different than when you see things alone. It’s just the way the human brain works. Sometimes when you hear or see something with a group, you see and hear things that you wouldn’t even notice on your own.”
Ms. Poundstone also performed at the Clayton Opera House in 2019 and the tour also included a stop at the Lake Placid Arts Center. In 2013, she performed in the building of the State Office. Dulles.
“It’s so nice to be back on stage and have the audience in front of you again,” said Ms. Poundstone.
But there is another motivating factor.
“It doesn’t hurt to make a living. It’s pretty convincing,” she said.
Ms. Poundstone has a full touring schedule through the end of the year. The comedian is known for his intelligent, observant humor and spontaneous wit. Time Magazine, in its March 2020 “Best of” issue, named Ms. Poundstone’s HBO special “Cats, Cops & Stuff” as one of the five funniest stand-up specials ever.
In 2018, she created the hit podcast Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone and is a regular contributor to NPR’s comedy news quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, which can be heard on Saturdays at 10 am on North Country Public. Radio.
Ms Poundstone has been busy during the COVID-19 lockdown, which has kept her at home for 15 months starting in the spring of 2019.
“I started by making comedy videos,” she said. “You could feel the fear of everyone at the grocery store, on social media and things like that. So at first I thought, “Well, I’ll make a video to help people get through.” I did this for a while and then it dawned on me that this was going to be going on for quite some time and I have no official income! God, that would wake you up!
Luckily, she said her podcast Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone was created. “So we’ve moved on to that, obviously, like everyone else who has hosted podcasts, to recording from home.”
Ms. Poundstone also created an additional mini-podcast for which she wrote her scripts: “Trump’s Weekly Press Conference in French.”
“Although it wasn’t something that could generate income, creatively I was doing things that I had never done before,” she said. “I can’t make a good impression on Trump, so I do it in a pompous fake French accent.”
Her friends played press representatives. “It was fun and something out of my wheelhouse,” Ms. Poundstone said.
Ms. Poundstone called her podcast “a comedic guide to life.” During the outage, she created a podcast segment, Outside the Actors Studio! where she pretends to be an actress auditioning for a role. She cherishes what she did with actor Fred Willard, who died in 2020. In this segment, Mr. Willard plays a veterinarian and Ms. Poundstone is a pug customer and a problem.
“I wrote this part for him thinking a lot about his voice, and he did it exactly the way I hoped,” she said. “He was always very understated and the characters that Fred often portrayed were someone who didn’t seem to understand what they were being told, but didn’t seem to pick up on other people’s emotions in the scene, which is really funny.”
During the shutdown, Ms. Poundstone also created the “really wacky” game show Nobody Asked You, volunteered, looked after “a house full of cats and dogs” and continued to appear regularly on Wait Wait… Don’t. . tell me!”
Ms. Poundstone said that with the return of her live performances, her favorite part of performing is interacting with the audience.
“I do the time-honored, ‘Where are you from, what do you do for a living? So there are little biographies of viewers, and I kind of use them to sail away,” she said.
“Because of this element, no shows are ever the same. The mixture is stirred by the audience.”
WHAT: Comedian Paula Poundstone at the Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive.
WHEN: 19:30, Saturday.
COST: Tickets cost $30, $35, and $40 depending on the seat.
TICKETS: Go to Claytonoperahouse.com or call the box office at 315-686-2200.