Paula Poundstone Plays Orleans Showroom


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday June 2, 2015

Comedian, actress, author, mother and cat-lover Paula Poundstone will return to The Orleans Showroom with her wry observational humor and versatile stand-up comedy act on June 19 and 20.

Poundstone spent the early '80s traveling the United States via public bus, honing her craft by performing at comedy clubs and open mic nights. She eventually landed in Los Angeles, where she stepped onto the national stage performing a stand-up comedy set on "Saturday Night Live" in 1984. Poundstone became the first woman to win a Cable ACE Award for a comedy special for her one-hour HBO special, "Cats, Cops, and Stuff." She received her second Cable ACE Award for her self-titled HBO talk show series.

Poundstone had a breakout year in 1992, working as a political correspondent for "The Tonight Show" and becoming the first woman to perform at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Her success continued throughout the 1990s, with "The Paula Poundstone Show" on ABC, a second HBO Special, "Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard," and appearances on several television shows including "Cybill" and "Science Court" and voice work on "Hercules" and "Home Movies."

In 2006, she appeared in a BRAVO comedy special, "Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In." Poundstone is the recipient of an Emmy Award for her field pieces on the PBS program "Life & Times" and she appeared in the television documentary "Why We Laugh: Funny Women."

Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR's weekly quiz program "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me," where her impeccable timing is essential to the show's format. She has also appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion" and has written several magazine articles, including five years of writing the back page column in "Mother Jones," and has authored multiple books, including "There's Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say." Her first comedy CD, "I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Maine," was released in 2009. Her most recent comedy CD titled "I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston," was released in 2013.

The Orleans includes more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines.

The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at

Paula Poundstone will play each evening at 8 p.m. at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. in Las Vegas. For tickets or information, call 702-284-7777 or visit