Stand-up comedian and frequent NPR contributor Paula Poundstone played to a packed audience at The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima last Saturday. Poundstone, who’s had two HBO comedy specials and is a frequent contributor to NPR shows Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and A Prairie Home Companion, delighted the audience with nothing but a microphone, a stool and a can of Diet Pepsi on the dimly lit stage of The Seasons – which actually used to be a church before it was revamped into a concert hall. Poundstone was also ranked number 88 on Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Comics of All Time” List back in 2004. Some of the topics included teenagers, her 16 cats (yes she has 16, that’s not a typo), and not being interested in sex.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of Poundstone’s work as some of her material is oriented towards an older crowd, and I tend to go for edgier comics like George Carlin, Eddie Izzard and Mitch Hedberg. I was actually asked by The Seasons to shoot the show and seeing I needed more comics for my portfolio, I thought “what the hell.” But I actually enjoyed her hour and a half set, which surprised me as I didn’t think I would. I could totally relate to her bit about cleaning the cat box as I own 2 cats and absolutely HATE cleaning the cat box when it needs to be done. If you’re looking for more of a comic like Dane Cook or Joe Rogan you will be greatly disappointed, as Poundstone has more of a clean optimistic humor, which is a great thing for those who listen to NPR. But for the younger generation, many would be turned off by her material.
Review & photos by Xander Deccio