Comedian Paula Poundstone Brings her Gag Bag to Sag Harbor

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Perhaps the funniest woman in America today, Paula Poundstone, known for her quick wit and wry responses, right or wrong, on NPR’s popular news quiz show, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” heard locally on WSHU-FM, is playing the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor next Saturday night.She’s an award-winning humorist, who’s even performed standup at the White House Correspondents dinner sharing jokes with President Barack Obama. Last year, she joined Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers and other prominent comediennes in a feature-length Showtime documentary called “Why We Laugh Too: Women of Comedy.” She’s also starred in one-woman comedy specials on HBO and Bravo, and won an Emmy Award.As millions of public radio listeners can attest, Poundstone is a true show-stopper thanks to her unmatched improv skills. When she’s on a roll, nobody can keep up with her.“They allow me to say whatever I want on ‘Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.’ The panelists are unscripted, so it’s perfect for me,” Poundstone says. “I feel like I’m a batter in a batting cage. I get lobbed topics. Sometimes I just watch them go by, but every now and then I get a piece of one. If the others didn’t cheat, it would be an almost perfect work experience.”It’s true that she doesn’t routinely win the news quiz, but as “Wait, Wait” host Peter Sagal would readily admit, she deserves credit for almost always making the funniest points.For her standup performances, she has a special ability to connect with audiences so intimately and live in the moment so spontaneously that no two shows she does are ever the same.“It’s not that I don’t repeat material. I do,” Poundstone says. “My shows, when they’re good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves. Then someone says, ‘Tell that story you used to tell,’ and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them. No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”Her material is rarely blue and it’s never mean. What’s not to like?The Bay Street Theatre is located at 1 Bay St., in Sag Harbor. Showtime is 8 p.m. on May 24. For more information, visit www.baystreet.org.last_img read more

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Former DHTA Presidents worried about crime against tourist

first_img 26 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Former DHTA Presidents worried about crime against tourist by: – February 17, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Judith Pestaina.A local hotelier here has expressed outrage about the recent spate of attacks on tourists on the island.Owner of Garraway Hotel Judith Pestaina told a press conference organized by the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association on Thursday that the situation is alarming.She said never before have there been such attacks on tourists and the matter must be addressed at a government level.Pestaina who is also a former President of the DHTA called for visible police presence at the various tourist sites and hotels.“We cannot afford to damage Dominica’s image. Some for these criminals seems to be taking the law into their own hands. People come to Dominica for rest and relaxation. We talk about wellness and you cannot promote wellness when you have people being attacked. We need to urge everyone to come on board so we can arrest this trend which we are seeing taking precedence in Dominica,” she added.Atherton MartinMeanwhile another hotelier has supported Pestaina’s concern on the matter.Atherton Martin who was also at the press conference noted that the situation is escalating and hoteliers are afraid that it becomes a cultural trend.“I want to lend my support to the position and action that we have taken. This is the carnival season and this is a time when people tend to lower their inhibitions. This exposes people to even more potential problems. A lot of people may not be in full control of their selves. We cannot afford a repeat of these incidents that occurred over the last several weeks,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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