On Virginia stage or Twitter, Poundstone's happiness is evident

On Virginia stage or Twitter, Poundstone's happiness is evident

"Although I quit drinking years ago, I still love Champaign," comedian Paula Poundstone says — and a day later tweets. It seems she's a Twitter addict.

When we interviewed her on a cold day here just before her trip to the Virginia on Friday, she was getting somewhat heated about the Southwest, where she was phoning from.

"My next shows are in Tucson and Phoenix, which both should not exist," she said. "It's so bloody hot, there's scorched earth, very brown. No skyscrapers — they don't want to get any closer to the sun. They are on verge of tar and feathering you if you turn off the A/C."

Fans may know her from political humor (including covering a presidential election), or the NPR radio show "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!"

Poundstone, 58, was also a regular on "A Prairie Home Companion," which has severed its connection with founder Garrison Keillor in the wake of sex accusations.

"He had me over to his house. No problem," she said.

Poundstone just released her second book, "The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness."

"Is there a secret to happiness?" she asks. "I don't know how or why anyone would keep it a secret. It seems rather cruel, really."

She tried to stay disciplined in this book.

"The happiness idea came as a flash. I was trying to write a book," she said. "One day, waiting for my daughter, it occurred to me that I hated writing about myself, because if I had to write a book about Abe Lincoln, I couldn't shut up talking about myself. I wrote about Beethoven, Oprah, Sitting Bull and Charles Dickens and Joan of Arc, but I still ended up telling a little about my life raising my kids."

Poundstone also voiced the character Forgetter Paula in "Inside Out," winner of the Academy Award for best animated feature.

She'll probably be telling Virginia audiences about her thoughts on the current president, whom she often tweets about.

"Twitter make this such a different time, one of the ways (Donald) Trump is scorching the earth. Now you just drip, drip, drip with the social media," she said. "I used to tell my daughter, 'You know, honey, there's nothing wrong with getting attention. I do it for a living.'"

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