Quick Q&A with Paula Poundstone

The comedian works the crowd at Clowes Hall on April 23. We shared a few laughs with her before the show.

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Paula Poundstone at The Ice House Comedy Club on July 12, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

You’re famous for interacting with audience members. How do you decide who you’re going to single out?

Often, if someone looks miserable, they attract me. Unless I say something to them, I feel like I’m ruining their evening.

You have a lot of pets, right?

Yes, I have 14 cats, two German Shepherds, and one ant left from my ant farm. All I do is clean.

How do you prepare for your weekly gig on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me?

I have a confession to make: I buy the New York Post. It folds out sideways and it has the Weird but True section. I also listen to Morning Edition and I watch at least the news wrap on PBS NewsHour, but those are things I do just because I’m a citizen. Keep in mind that I hold the record for most losses on the show.

Complete this sentence: When I think of Indy, I think of …

Fast cars. I know you don’t drive like that all the time, but when you’re in a circle, you can’t help it.

How do you think you’d fare in our famous race?

I have a terrible sense of direction. I’ve always said I could drive in the Indianapolis 500 and still get lost.

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