Emperor Has No Clothes Award

Paula Poundstone – 2018

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Paula Poundstone is one of America's top comedians known for her crackling wit and keen social observations. She is listed in Comedy Central's list of "100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time" and has also won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic. She routinely identifies as an atheist in her performances. Among Poundstone's claims to fame is her regular appearances as a panelist on NPR's funny weekly news quiz show, "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me."

In 1992, she became the first woman to host the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner in its 72-year history. In 2016, Paula voiced the character "Forgetter Paula" in Disney/Pixar's Academy Award-winning animated feature film, "Inside Out." In June 2016, her first double-live CD, "North By Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!" debuted at No. 1 on both Amazon's "Hot New Releases – Nonfiction" and "Comedy CD" lists.

Poundstone's second book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, debuts May 9 but is already on Amazon's top 10 New Releases chart. In pre-reviews the book is receiving impressive acclaim with Kirkus Reviews calling it "a deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn't kill the humor," and Booklist Booklist praising Poundstone as "a crack writer of uncommonly hilarious observations."

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