Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone

Michael Schwartz

In Flagstaff, you can hear her most Saturdays on KNAU's radio broadcast of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Today, you can see her in person. Comedian Paula Poundstone will appear at the Orpheum Theater today, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. Poundstone is on a national tour after releasing her new book, "The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness."

“On Friday, September 22nd, I'll be telling my little jokes at The Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff," Poundstone said. "I want to get there before the Secretary of the Interior finds it.”

Poundstone is a regular cast member on NPR’s No. 1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! When asked about Poundstone, Wait, Wait host Peter Sagal said, “Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known. Everything she does, thinks, or says is hilarious. She is made of funny. If you chopped her into bits, each piece would be hilarious. (But don’t.) Air becomes funny having been breathed by her.”

A star of several HBO specials and her own series on ABC and HBO, Poundstone voiced the character “Forgetter Paula” in the Academy Award winning feature film "Inside Out." She was the first woman to share the dais with the President and perform standup comedy at the White House Correspondents Dinner. She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic. In July, Poundstone she launched her new weekly podcast – Live From The Poundstone Institute. Joined by a live audience, and her Chief of Research and fellow Wait Wait Panelist, Adam Felber, Poundstone takes on odd research studies.

Tickets to tonight's performance are $38 - $68 and are available at orpheumflagstaff.com.

Steel string guitar featured in Saturday concert

The Grand Canyon Guitar Society concert season kicks off Saturday. This year's concert series includes a classical guitar series and a new steel string guitar series. The season starts off with a steel string guitar concert featuring Chris Proctor. Proctor has made a reputation in the world of contemporary guitar for more than 30 years as an original composer and technical innovator, and as a tireless performer and teacher of his style and technique across the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. Bridging the gap between Leo Kottke’s early ground-breaking solo work, and the Windham Hill guitarists who followed, Proctor is a pioneer in the solo genre, who has paved the way for others and helped make solo steel-string guitar a respected form of contemporary original music. His performance will be Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m., at FireCreek Coffee Company, 22 E. Route 66.

All of the steel string series concerts will be held at FireCreek. All classical series concerts will take place at Shepherd of the Hill Church, 1601 N. San Francisco St. Season tickets, a three-concert pass ($70), and individual tickets are available for purchase at CanyonGuitar.org. Single tickets for all concerts are $25 in advance and $30 day of show. Tickets also may be purchased at Bookman’s, or by phoning the GCGS box office at 928-213-0752. All concerts are general admission seating.

Many artists will conduct free workshops or masterclasses during their Northern Arizona appearance- visit CanyonGuitar.org for updated announcements about these educational opportunities.

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