The Orpheum Theater will present comedian Paula Poundstone on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Poundstone's ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of legend.

Paula's spontaneity and razor-sharp wit have made her one of the most popular panelists on NPR's weekly news quiz show, "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me." Poundstone's commentaries can be heard on NPR's "Morning Edition" and read on the Huffington Post and comedy site: 23/6.

Her first book, "There's Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say," (with a foreword by Mary Tyler Moore) was published by Random House and she is hard at work on her second for the same imprint.

Paula also released her first comedy CD: "I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them In Maine," 60 minutes of hilarious comedy recorded live at the sensational Stone Mountain Arts Center -- because as Poundstone says, "It's very hard to do it any other way."

She continues to be the national spokesperson for The Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends & Foundations, a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. Poundstone is supporting libraries on a local level by partnering with promoters and the local Friends organization in cities where she performs.

The local Friends group receives tickets for use in fundraising or promotion as well as a portion of the book and CD sales after her performance, where she makes herself available for signings.

Poundstone has had several solo specials on HBO and most recently, BRAVO. She was the first woman to win an ACE for Best Standup Comedy performance and the first woman to be invited to perform at the distinguished White House Correspondents dinner where those in attendance included the president. Paula has made frequent TV appearances including Letterman, Leno, Craig Ferguson, as well as Garrison Keillor's, "A Prairie Home Companion."

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