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Paula Poundstone on comedy, feminism, small talk, and ‘Better Call Saul’

Poundstone answers questions her comedy career ahead of her appearance at The Englert Theatre on Saturday.
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February 18, 2018; Stuart, FL, USA; Paula Poundstone performs at Lyric Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK

Paula Poundstone, a prolific comedian, panelist on NPR’s show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and host of Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone, is performing at The Englert Theatre on Saturday. Ahead of the show, she joined Daily Iowan journalists Avi Lapchick and Natalie Dunlap for a conversation about connecting with audience members, blending humor with politics, and comedy in the social media age. Poundstone shares stories about performing stand-up at a Florida retirement home, connecting through Midwestern-style small talk, and staying true to her own comedic voice.

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Natalie Dunlap, Assistant Digital Editor
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Natalie Dunlap is the Assistant Digital Editor at The Daily Iowan. She is the host and producer of the Above the Fold news podcast. She has previously worked as a news reporter, news editor, politics reporter, politics editor, and digital producer for the DI. She is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in English and gender, women's, and sexuality studies. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting while listening to pop culture podcasts.
Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor
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Avi Lapchick is an arts editor at The Daily Iowan. A fourth-year student studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, she previously held the positions of staff photojournalist, summer arts editor, and assistant arts editor at the DI. She is happiest when she is writing or painting.