Comedian Paula Poundstone on Hillary, Trump and ‘Wait, Wait…’ ahead of Saturday’s Modlin Center show
Paula Poundstone doesn’t think she’d trust Hillary Clinton on a house tour. The comedian recently read a story about the former Secretary of State taking some furniture from the State Department on her way out.
“Can you even imagine that there’s any State Department furniture worth [taking]? You look at it and think ‘you know that would look good in my house,’” Poundstone said in an interview with GayRVA. ”Maybe Arafat sat in it, I don’t know.”
“It’s a sharp warning to people,” she said. “If [Hillary] is at your house and says ‘nice chair’… bring the dogs in.”
Poundstone isn’t any lighter on GOP nominee Donald Trump. The comedian, who will grace Richmond with her presence at the Modlin Center this weekend with two shows, said this election cycle has been particularly ripe for parody.
“You can’t help yourself,” she said. “I have found where on the days Trump doesn’t say something absolutely horrible, I’m a little down. I feel a little directionless. I get a bit of a dopamine hit from each of his odd transgressions.”
She has a favorite Trump line, too; it came from the first debate when the candidate was asked about his support for the Iraq war. Trump denied he ever supported it and told the moderator to call Fox News host Sean Hannity to confirm.
“It was the only thing that didn’t need fact checking. No-one wants to call Sean Hannity, do you?” The comedian asked, noting Trump managed to hit on something that makes us uniquely human – our distain of Hannity. “… We breath oxygen, we don’t eat our young and we don’t want to call Sean Hannity. He found that which makes us, us.”
Poundstone has been making audiences laugh since the late 70s. She got her start with HBO specials and stand up routines on The Tonight Show. Now she makes a living with nation-wide tours and regular guest spots on NPR’s weekly news quiz/game show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.
It’s her time on Wait Wait… that I’m most familiar with. The show features Poundstone and other comedians and important people cracking jokes about world events from the past week. The “important people” category leaves room for a number possibilities including one of the comedian’s favorite guests, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
Poundstone said Breyer offered a number of insights into the highest court in the land including one quality the Justices share with the Boy Scouts of America – you’ve got to bring your own uniform.
“Wouldn’t you think they at least give you the robe?” she asked. ”Besides which, where the hell do you get robes?”
A Massachusetts native, Poundstone pointed out Breyer, who spent years as a professor at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., must have had trouble finding a “robe store” cause she never saw one when she was growing up.
“Maybe its like when my kid took ballet where the school didn’t provide the costumes,” she said. “But, as luck would have it, right attached to the building, is a store that has it.”
No Poundstone routine would be complete without a discussion of her personal menagerie: 14 cats and two German Shepard-mixed dogs.
“My nanny used to take care of my kids and now she takes care of my animals,” she said. “It works out pretty good. There’s so many cats that its hard to just leave a bowl of food down… often when I tell people I have 14 cats they ask ‘how did you get 14 cats,’ – dripping with judgement – but I can tell you exactly how I got 14 cats. I had 16 cats and two died. So, there’s math involved.”
Outside of cats and politics, Poundstone said she’s looking forward to her return to Richmond where she promised a night of laughing out loud – for real. “99.9% of the time people type LOL, it’s not true,” she said of the modern text abbreviation. “You don’t LOL cause you’re alone… you tend to LOL when your with people… there are multiple occasions where one could LOL at my show.”
Pounstone returns to the Modlin Center this weekend, Sat. Oct 29th at 7 and 9:30 PM. You can snag tickets to the show here.
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