10 Questions with Comedian Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone
Paula Poundstone. Photo: Bay Street Theatre

Comedian, actress, author and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! panelist Paula Poundstone answers 10 rapid-fire questions following an interview on her upcoming show at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on May 23.

The last book you read?
Cyber Junkie

The last film you watched?
I was watching American Sniper while I was giving platelets the other day until I had a bad reaction and my blood pressure dropped so low that we had to turn the movie off. It was the worst part of the whole experience—not being able to finish the movie

What was the last thing that made you cry?
Missing my son. I have a 17-year-old who’s away in a program right now.

What would your last meal be?
Well, I imagine I would be a little bit distracted and probably have a lot of loose ends to tie up. So it probably would be the same thing that is mostly my meal, which is peanut butter and jelly on raisin bread. That’s my main meal.

Something worth fighting for?
Well, there’s lots of things worth fighting for. I suppose, fairness.

Something worth giving up?
There’s lots of things worth giving up. Meat.

If you could spend any afternoon with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
I’ve always felt, that for the sake of the world and the information that could be gleaned, it would have to be Gandhi or, perhaps, Martin Luther King. But let me just say, that if I had three choices, the third one would be my golden retriever that I grew up with. Because the two would have to be selfless, but the third one—you know what—just taking what I can get.

An interesting object in your home?
I have a pinball machine.

Your all-time favorite comedian?
I like Bob and Ray, the old radio comedy team.

Celebrity you’re most often confused with when people stop you on the street?
People confuse me with Rosie O’Donnell a lot.

Read the full interview here.


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