Live From The Poundstone Institute

New NPR Comedy Podcast

From the creators of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and Car Talk, Emmy-award winning stand-up comedian and author Paula Poundstone hosts Live From the Poundstone Institute, a weekly comedy podcast from NPR.

In each episode, Poundstone is on a quest to gather all of the world’s knowledge. Or, as she puts it, “to get less stupid, one topic at a time.” She looks to scientists, researchers and experts for evidence about everything from what music cats like to the fluid dynamics of spilling coffee. “Every week, we’ll keep looking for knowledge,” says Paula, “because we know we left it somewhere.”

Live From The Poundstone Institute tapes its podcast in front of a studio audience at Meltdown Comics in West Hollywood, CA. 

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Rave Reviews

You know [Poundstone's] a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one — there’s a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she’s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.

Nick Zaino with The Boston Globe

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Podcast: :15 pre-roll and :30 host-read mid-roll placements, recorded live, deliver custom sponsor messages

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Spotlight on Paula Poundstone

Emmy-award winning stand-up comedian and author Paula Poundstone, host of Live From The Poundstone Institute, is also a regular panelist on the hit NPR show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! where she holds the record for game losses. In 2017 she released a book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

Paula Poundstone has paved the way for comedians, in 1992 she became the first woman to share the stage with the President and host the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner, a role not until then offered to a woman in its seventy-two year history. That same year Poundstone’s HBO special, Cats, Cops and Stuff won the Cable ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy Special — the first woman to receive the award. Poundstone has also been awarded Comedy Central’s list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time and American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic

Discover more about Paula Poundstone on and check out her Twitter feed. 

Listen to Live From the Poundstone Institute Episodes