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Paula Poundstone Kicks Off Summer Comedy at Bay Street Theater Saturday

Bay Street Theater will feature three headline comedians beginning Saturday, May 24 with Paula Poundstone at 8 p.m. Later in the season, Richard Lewis and Charles Busch will perform June 21 and July 26 respectively.

Paula Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.  She performing regularly as a standup comedine across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.”

Tickets costs between $65 and $125.

Poundstone is known for her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd.  Poundstone says:  “No two shows I do are the same. It's not that I don't repeat material. I do. My shows, when they're good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves.  Then, someone says, "Tell that story you used to tell," and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them.  No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”

Poundstone’s newest comedy CD, I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston was recorded during a performance at the Wilbur Theatre in the heart of the city and was released on April fool’s Day 2013.

Poundstone is also a published author and lecturer.  Her hard cover book, There is Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say (Crown, 2006, with a forward by Mary Tyler Moore) is still in release on audio (Highbridge) and in paperback.  Other writing credits include the back page columnist of Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Glamour magazine.

Richard Lewis the comedian will be on stage June 2l and audiences can spend A Divine Evening with Charles Busch,” the author, comedian and performer accompanied by Tom Judson on July 26. All shows start at 8 pm.

These special evenings include VIP ticket opportunity to mix and mingle with the artist at a cocktail  party either before or following the performance, depending upon the night. Tickets are available on line at Bay Street or by calling the Bay Street Theater Box Office at 631-725-9500.

Bay Street Theater is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.




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