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Paula Poundstone net worth:
$1.5 Million

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Paula Poundstone Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Paula Poundstone is a stand-up comedian, author, actress, commentator and interviewer born on 29th December 1959 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, and is known as one of the most successful and rewarded female comedians in the US, and was the first woman to win a Cable ACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for her HBO special “Cats, Cops and Stuff”. She is a frequent panelist on weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me”, and was a recurring guest on “A Prairie Home Companion” variety program.

Have you ever wondered how rich Paula Poundstone is? According to sources it has been estimated that Paula Poundstone’s overall net worth is $1.5 million, accumulated through a diverse and lucrative career which she started in the late ‘70s. Since she is still active in the entertainment industry, her net worth continues to grow.

Paula Poundstone Net Worth $1.5 Million

Raised in Sudbury, Massachusetts, Paula attended Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School but dropped out before matriculation. Before starting a career as a stand-up comedian, she did various jobs to support her living, including working as a waitress at IHOP and being a bicycle messenger. However, in 1979, Poundstone began doing stand-up comedy at open-mic nights in Boston, but continued to travel across the US by Greyhound bus, and performing in similar comedy clubs, before she settled in San Francisco, where she became known for her improvisational acts at “The Other Cafe” comedy club. Soon, she was noticed by Robin Williams, who encouraged her to move to Los Angeles and arranged a stand-up comedy set for her on an episode of “SNL”, which he hosted. Paula even had an acting venture, when she was cast in “Hyperspace” movie in 1984”, but decided to continue practicing stand-up comedy and appearing in talk shows. Her net worth was established.

By the end of ‘80s she had won the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Stand-Up Comic”, and in 1990 she wrote “Cats, Cops and Stuff”, an HBO special for which she was awarded a Cable ACE Award, the first ever female to receive this accolade. Thanks to her quick wit and spontaneity, she was also the first woman to headline the White House Correspondents Dinner, and provided live coverage of the ’92 political conventions and presidential inauguration for “The Tonight Show”. The following year, she was presented with a second Cable ACE Award, this time for “Best Program Interviewer” for her HBO series “The Paula Poundstone Show”. Her second HBO special, “Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard” was released in 1996, the first time this elite university had allowed their name to be used in a TV show title.

She is a frequent panelist on “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me”, a weekly news quiz show on the National Public Radio.
In addition to her career in the entertainment industry, Paula came off also as a writer. She published her first book, “There is Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say”, in 2006, and her second book was set to publish in late 2016.

She has also written columns for “Mother Jones”, articles for “The Los Angeles Times”, “Glamour”, “Entertainment Weekly” and others. has been on Comedy Central ranked Poundstone on the list of 100 greatest stand-ups of all time at no.88, however, “Maxim” magazine’s listed her at no.6 of Worst Comedians of All Time – work that one out!

In her personal life, Paula identifies as asexual. She has been serving as a foster parent since the ‘90s, but was prosecuted for child endangerment, and lewd acts upon a child and alcoholism, which she professes to have overcome.

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The HOA 2016 TV Movie completed Lorraine
Inside Out 2015/I Forgetter Paula (voice)
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious 2013 TV Series Usher
Home Movies 1999 TV Series Paula Small
Science Court 1997-1999 TV Series Judge Stone
Hercules 1998 TV Series Armageddon Bow
Cybill 1997 TV Series Minnie Arbogast
Adventures from the Book of Virtues 1996 TV Series The Djinn
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1995 TV Series The Computer
Reasonable Doubts 1993 TV Series Betty Tannebaum
Hyperspace 1984 Karen



Poison 1988 TV Movie
Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In 2006 TV Movie
Home Movies 1999 TV Series written by - 5 episodes
Cats, Cops and Stuff 1990 TV Movie documentary



The Comedy Club 2016 Documentary Herself
Major Crimes 2016 TV Series Herself
By Any Means Necessary 2015 Documentary Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2006-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest / Geoff Peterson
3 Still Standing 2014 Documentary Herself
FansTang Live from the Red Carpet 2014 TV Series Herself
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me Live! 2013 TV Movie Herself
Why We Laugh: Funny Women 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: A Royal Pain in the News 2011 TV Movie Herself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest Expert
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-2009 TV Series Herself
No Brainer 2008 Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2007 TV Series Herself
Jury Duty 2007 TV Series Herself (2007)
Real Time with Bill Maher 2007 TV Series Herself
Who Is Rufus Harley: An Hour of Television and Documentary Footage 2006 Video Herself - Comic
Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In 2006 TV Movie Herself
Just for Laughs 2005 TV Series Herself
When Stand Up Stood Out 2003 Documentary Herself
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Larry King Live 2002 TV Series Herself
To Tell the Truth 2000 TV Series Herself / Panelist (2000-2001)
The Martin Short Show 1999 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Squares 1998-1999 TV Series Herself
Comic Relief VIII 1998 TV Special Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997-1998 TV Series Herself
Intimate Portrait 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-1997 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself
Comic Relief VII 1995 TV Special documentary Herself
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself - Host
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1995 TV Series Herself
1996 Clio Awards 1995 TV Special Herself
A Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre 1994 TV Special Herself
The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 TV Special Herself
Comic Relief VI 1994 TV Special documentary Herself
Futurequest 1994 TV Series documentary Herself
Jeopardy! 1993 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
The Paula Poundstone Show 1992-1993 TV Series Herself - Host / Herself
1993 Environmental Media Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Comic Relief V 1992 TV Special Herself
Wisecracks 1992 Documentary Herself
CNN & Company 1992 TV Series Herself - Comedian
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts Comedy Video 1992 Video Herself
Futures 1991 TV Series Herself
Cats, Cops and Stuff 1990 TV Movie documentary Herself
Comic Relief IV 1990 TV Special documentary Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1984-1989 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1989 TV Series Herself
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
One Night Stand 1989 TV Series Herself
Comic Relief III 1989 TV Special documentary Herself
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1989 TV Series Herself
An All Star Celebration: Vote '88 1988 TV Movie Herself
Women of the Night 1987 TV Special Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1984 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live 1984 TV Series Herself
The 8th Annual Young Comedians Show 1983 TV Special Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Herself #88
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards Program Interviewer The Paula Poundstone Show (1992)
1992 CableACE CableACE Awards Stand-Up Comedy Special Cats, Cops and Stuff (1990) · David Steinberg (executive producer)
· Robin Shlien (producer)
· Sue Wolf (producer)
1989 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Comedy Club Stand-Up Comic - Female

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1 Appearing as a regular panelist on National Public Radio's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" [October 2003]
2 15 November 2002 - The courts returned Paula's three children to her after 17 months in foster care. She continues on five years' probation.
3 Won a local Emmy for her work on the PBS series Life & Times.
4 Won the Cable Ace Award for Cats, Cops and Stuff (1990), for best Stand-Up Comedy Show - the first woman to do so.
5 Won the American Comedy Award for Best Comedy Club Stand-Up Comic (Female). [1989]
6 10 October 2001 - An LA judge sentenced her to 5 years probation and 180 days in rehab on felony child endangerment and misdemeanor child injury.
7 Accepted a plea agreement and pled no contest to felony child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of inflicting injury on a child. In exchange, the three charges of lew conduct were dropped by prosecutors. "The lewd conduct charges against me were dropped because they weren't true," says Poundstone. "I pled no contest to the child endangerment/injury charges because they were. My drinking helped to create a dangerous situation for the children. For this, I am very sorry." [September 2001]
8 Entered a rehab center for alcoholism, which she says brought about the recent abuse charges involving her children. [June 2001]
9 Was a foster child herself when younger.
10 Arrested in Santa Monica, California, on charges of committing lewd acts on a girl under age 14, and on charges of endangering 2 other girls and 2 boys. Posted $200,000 bail, and pled "not guilty" at a July 3 arraignment. [June 2001]
11 She became a foster mother in 1993 and adopted 2 girls in 1997.
12 She appeared in The Muppets' "She Drives Me Crazy" music video.

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