!! Whatever happened to Paula Poundstone? !!

I’ll tell you what happened to her – she went nucking futs.
Last night I was trying to think of someone a middle-aged woman might consider a hero, and for some reason the first person that popped into my head was Paula Poundstone. After a good laugh (nothing sadder than laughing alone!) I looked her up and found her website.
She now has 10 cats and you can write to one of them, Heppy, for advice. I’m all for cute cat-chat, but this is far from funny, especially for a “comedienne”:

My cat Petey (a girl) is mean to my cat Sally (also a
girl). How can I get Petey to be nicer?

Hep says you’re the second person she has met from
Duh. Freaky, huh?

She wants to know how you’re defining “mean”. For
example, she says, she wacks Bagheera in the head
every time she comes within two feet of her, which Hep
points out is not mean, but rather life as it should
be. Besides, she says that Bagheera, who is dumb as a
dust puppy on every other level, can now measure two
feet with remarkable accuracy.


Paula Poundstone

I’m not laughing.
CLICK HERE to visit Paula’s website and get lost in the sad madness of a discarded celebrity.

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11 Comments on "Whatever happened to Paula Poundstone?"

  1. well, i’ll tell you what happened to Miss Paula (keep in mind, I always thought she was funnay as hell!)
    from wiki:
    “In 2001 Poundstone was arrested on a felony warrant for three counts of committing a lewd act on an unidentified girl under the age of 14. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office also stated that Poundstone was charged with endangering two other unidentified girls and two boys. Poundstone pled guilty to charges of felony child endangerment and misdemeanor inflicting injury on a child. Few details were released, but the prosecutor indicated that the charges were a result of an incident in which Poundstone was driving her children while intoxicated. She accepted a plea agreement and pled no contest to felony child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of inflicting injury on a child. In exchange, the three charges of lewd conduct were dropped by prosecutors.
    “The lewd conduct charges against me were dropped because they weren’t true,” says Poundstone. “I pled no contest to the child endangerment/injury charges because they were. My drinking helped to create a dangerous situation for the children. For this, I am very sorry.” [14 September 2001] Poundstone was sentenced to five years probation and 180 days in an alcohol rehabilitation program. Following completion of the program, she was granted full custody of her adopted children but permanently lost custody of two other children who were in Poundstone’s home as part of the foster care system.”

  2. um, i love paula.
    shawnis i think you missed the whole point of my post. it’s okay to not be up on Poundstone news.
    and, verbal fencing was exactly what i was doing.
    it’s called sarcasm silly!

  3. Well, wow – interesting comments.
    My $.35: I saw Paula last year “in concert” and it was hilarious.
    Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me… isn’t “live” on Saturdays. It’s actually (much like Car Talk) recorded on Thursdays, edited and then broadcast beginning on Saturday.
    Not listening to NPR doesn’t mean someone is out of touch, but doing a “whatever happened to…” piece on PP is probably a bit premature.
    That said, her cat advice isn’t the funniest thing she’s ever done.

  4. all i know is, ive ventured out of city limits to see paula TWICE now. also, i have an autographed copy of her book.

  5. Just because you stay up on current events and like Paula Poundstone doesn’t mean you are necessarily out of touch, James.
    There’s room at the table for everyone. Frank was making a witty “swipe” at someone who called a current, well-informed comic “nucking futs”.
    Don’t get me wrong…LOVE the blog…but we don’t have to resort to the “out of touch” pettiness just because someone enjoys some witty verbal fencing.

  6. LOL…You don’t have to be up Saturday a.m. to hear “Wait Wait” You can subscribe to the podcasts and play it at your leisure. (Unless of course you want to call in and play along with us geeks listening live.)
    That way you can still engage in your undoubtedly cutting-edge-hip activities Friday night and sleep ’til 2 or 3 the next day.

  7. So basically Graydon, people are saying because you don’t listen to NPR on Saturday mornings or watch Bill Maher on Friday nights, you are out of touch with Paula Poundstone.
    PLEASE LORD let me be out of touch with Paula Poundstone.
    To say nothing of those gawdawful ties.
    You rock Gray, keep it up.

  8. NPR? Bravo! Oh snap Graydon, Paula Poundstone isn’t making a living on Internet cat therapy after all. She can be your politically-engaged middle-aged hero again.
    Look she’s on Bill Maher with Arianna Huffington:

  9. PP appears regularly on the NPR weekly quiz show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” with her trademark quick wit. She also had a hilarious one hour special on Bravo last year–and it was ten times funnier than ANY of the cringeworthy comics seen lately on Comedy Central. I’m afraid SHE’s not the one who’s out of the loop. >:-0

  10. Haha, you had me at “Whatever happened to Paula Poundstone?”

  11. when is frank back?

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