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Paula Poundstone

Friday July 16



Meet Hep Cat. According to comedian Paula Poundstone, this beautiful little tabby is just one of her 10(!) cats. She explains that there are three main reasons contributing to the fact that she has somehow become a cat lady. “1. I thought of 10 good names, 2. I used to drink a lot, 3. I’m lonely, and Hep is the only one that talks to me.”

That’s right, crazy-haired Poundstone talks to her cat, and apparently it is a cat well versed. To share in the fun, you can go on her Website and ask Hep any sort of question. For example, Molly from Las Vegas ventured to ask the vocal kitty how she might go about convincing her pet possums to quit running away from her whenever she enters a room so that she can hold them. Hep’s brilliant response, “Pretend to be dead.”

It is that deadpan sardonic wit that has garnered androgynous jokester Poundstone so many accolades. She now has a few books to her credit and she tours virtually nonstop doing stand-up, not to mention making regular guest appearances on NPR’s beloved A Prairie Home Companion and Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, a weekly quiz show that she rarely wins.

When she is not busy plying her talent on the road, Poundstone keeps active with her Website. In fact, as if Hep’s advice were not enough, you can stay tuned for the upcoming Cat Cam: a 24-hour, live camera documenting the daily lives of all those fancy felines.

Paula Poundstone @ Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, 801-355-2787, July 16, 7 p.m.,,