A native of Sudbury, Massachusetts, comedian Paula Poundstone will be regaling audiences with her unique brand of stand-up comedy at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Poundstone, who has been doing comedy since 1979, has appeared on several HBO specials, “Saturday Night Live,” and numerous late-night talk shows during her illustrious career. She’s also been the host of her own television program, “The Paula Poundstone Show,” which debuted in 1992 on ABC. In addition, she became the first woman to ever perform at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Poundstone left comedy clubs in the dust and began doing her act only at performing arts centers and theatres. She can also be heard as a regular panelist on the NPR radio news program, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”
One of the oldest theatres in America, the Mahaiwe Theatre opened its doors for business in 1905 and featured touring vaudeville acts and such renowned musicians as John Philip Sousa. Twenty-five years later it became a first-rate movie theatre. Today, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, which seats nearly 700, presents the Great Barrington area with a wide array of entertainment options, everything from music, dance, and plays to opera and classic movies. In addition, the performing arts center has hosted Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD” broadcasts. Tickets for Paula Poundstone are available online at www.mahaiwe.org and at the box office, which is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.