Paula Poundstone Net Worth

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Paula Poundstone net worth is
$1.5 Million

Paula Poundstone Wiki Biography

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.

Full NamePaula Poundstone
Net Worth$1.5 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 29, 1959
Place Of BirthHuntsville, Alabama, United States
ProfessionActor, Stand-up comedian, Screenwriter, Commentator, Author
EducationLincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
ChildrenToshia Poundstone, Thomas Poundstone, Allison Poundstone
ParentsVera Poundstone, Jack Poundstone
NominationsShorty Award for Humor
MoviesInside Out, When Stand Up Stood Out, Comedy Club Superstars, Hyperspace, San Francisco, CA, United States, Saratoga, CA, United States, Asheville, NC, United States, 4. Episode 4, 3. Episode 3
1Wears suits and ties
1Appearing as a regular panelist on National Public Radio's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" [October 2003]
215 November 2002 - The courts returned Paula's three children to her after 17 months in foster care. She continues on five years' probation.
3Won a local Emmy for her work on the PBS series Life & Times.
4Won the Cable Ace Award for Cats, Cops and Stuff (1990), for best Stand-Up Comedy Show - the first woman to do so.
5Won the American Comedy Award for Best Comedy Club Stand-Up Comic (Female). [1989]
610 October 2001 - An LA judge sentenced her to 5 years probation and 180 days in rehab on felony child endangerment and misdemeanor child injury.
7Accepted 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]
8Entered a rehab center for alcoholism, which she says brought about the recent abuse charges involving her children. [June 2001]
9Was a foster child herself when younger.
10Arrested 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]
11She became a foster mother in 1993 and adopted 2 girls in 1997.
12She appeared in The Muppets' "She Drives Me Crazy" music video.


The HOA2016TV Movie completedLorraine
Inside Out2015/IForgetter Paula (voice)
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious2013TV SeriesUsher
Home Movies1999TV SeriesPaula Small
Science Court1997-1999TV SeriesJudge Stone
Hercules1998TV SeriesArmageddon Bow
Cybill1997TV SeriesMinnie Arbogast
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1996TV SeriesThe Djinn
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1995TV SeriesThe Computer
Reasonable Doubts1993TV SeriesBetty Tannebaum


Poison1988TV Movie
Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In2006TV Movie
Home Movies1999TV Series written by - 5 episodes
Cats, Cops and Stuff1990TV Movie documentary


The Comedy Club2016DocumentaryHerself
Major Crimes2016TV SeriesHerself
By Any Means Necessary2015DocumentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest / Geoff Peterson
3 Still Standing2014DocumentaryHerself
FansTang Live from the Red Carpet2014TV SeriesHerself
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me Live!2013TV MovieHerself
Why We Laugh: Funny Women2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: A Royal Pain in the News2011TV MovieHerself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest Expert
Late Show with David Letterman1995-2009TV SeriesHerself
No Brainer2008Herself
Entertainment Tonight2006-2007TV SeriesHerself
Jury Duty2007TV SeriesHerself (2007)
Real Time with Bill Maher2007TV SeriesHerself
Who Is Rufus Harley: An Hour of Television and Documentary Footage2006VideoHerself - Comic
Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In2006TV MovieHerself
Just for Laughs2005TV SeriesHerself
When Stand Up Stood Out2003DocumentaryHerself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Larry King Live2002TV SeriesHerself
To Tell the Truth2000TV SeriesHerself / Panelist (2000-2001)
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares1998-1999TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief VIII1998TV SpecialHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-1998TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-1997TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Comic Relief VII1995TV Special documentaryHerself
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
CBS Schoolbreak Special1995TV SeriesHerself
1996 Clio Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
A Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre1994TV SpecialHerself
The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame1994TV SpecialHerself
Comic Relief VI1994TV Special documentaryHerself
Futurequest1994TV Series documentaryHerself
Jeopardy!1993TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Paula Poundstone Show1992-1993TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself
1993 Environmental Media Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Comic Relief V1992TV SpecialHerself
CNN & Company1992TV SeriesHerself - Comedian
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts Comedy Video1992VideoHerself
Futures1991TV SeriesHerself
Cats, Cops and Stuff1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Comic Relief IV1990TV Special documentaryHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1984-1989TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1989TV SeriesHerself
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
One Night Stand1989TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief III1989TV Special documentaryHerself
It's Garry Shandling's Show.1989TV SeriesHerself
An All Star Celebration: Vote '881988TV MovieHerself
Women of the Night1987TV SpecialHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1984TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Live1984TV SeriesHerself
The 8th Annual Young Comedians Show1983TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHerself #88
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHerself

Won Awards

1993CableACECableACE AwardsProgram InterviewerThe Paula Poundstone Show (1992)
1992CableACECableACE AwardsStand-Up Comedy SpecialCats, Cops and Stuff (1990)
1989American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAComedy Club Stand-Up Comic - Female

Known for movies

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