Paula Poundstone has been doing comedy for longer than many of you have been alive. After more than 30 years of stand-up, television specials and wry observations about cats, kids and everyday absurdities, she’s poised to take the stage at The Dinah Shore Weekend this year in Palm Springs.
We checked in with Paula recently and found out a bunch of things, like her thoughts on women in comedy. How easy is it to write an act when you have kids? Is there still golf at The Dinah? She also offers some droll observations about the importance of celebrities’ opinions on bullying.
AfterEllen.com: Are you familiar with AfterEllen.com?
AE: What do you mean? You don’t spend hours upon hours surfing the internet, looking for cat videos?
AE: Oh, that’s too bad. Is there a way to do both?
AE: You are performing at The Dinah in Palm Springs this year.
AE: Do you know anything about it?
AE: It hasn’t been about golf in many, many years. Now, it’s about drinking.
AE: Well, that’s how lesbian Spring Breaks are, too. After a few years, they’re all a blur.
AE: Since you mentioned performing for so many years, I was wondering if you think comedy has changed over time.
AE: Do you like political humor?
AE: Do you think things have changed for women comics in recent years?
I think there was a time when being a woman comic was a big deal – that was really before my time. It had importance and meant something when Joan Rivers was starting out, when Phyllis Diller was starting. I think it was formative in terms of the way they work.