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To do: See Paula Poundstone, support Fresno libraries.
Paula Poundstone is like the ZZ Top of comedy. She's been around forever and the shtick never changes. Of course, anyone who's seen ZZ Top recently (or Poundstone for that matter) knows this is no bad thing. They're found their niche and they own it.
In Poundstone's case, it's a knack for on-the-spot impromptu humor, which has earned distinctions like being the first woman to perform at the White House correspondent’s dinner or win a cable ACE award for Standup Comedy Performance and put her in league with the best. It
also makes her perfect fit for NPR’s weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” (which you can hear locally on 89.3 FM). When she performs 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Tower Theater, it will no doubt draw hardcore fans.
But Poundstone also love libraries (which endears her to us) and serves as the national spokesperson for The Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends and Foundations, which is a really long moniker for library supporters. She'll be donating a portion of book and CD sales (which she will be available to sign after the show) to the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library, which is a sponsor of the show.
So, you should show up and buy a book. You'll also be able to learn more about the Friends of the Library and why we need to MAKE SURE WE PASS MEASURE B again.
“It’s funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. Librarians have stood up to the Patriot Act, sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Libraries can never be shushed," Poundstone says. "If you haven’t been to your library lately, you’re over-due."
And a drum crash please.
Disclaimer: I listen to "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me," a lot and often laugh at Poundstone's jokes. I've recently joined (or will join) the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library Board.