Don’t miss this rare opportunity to spend a hilarious evening with Nebraska’s own Dick Cavett joined by one of Comedy Central’s “100 greatest stand-ups” of all time, Paula Poundstone. Beyond the laughs, expect fascinating stories from Cavett’s many years as one of America’s most celebrated talk show hosts and commentary on today’s news.
A single performance is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for “An Evening with Paula Poundstone and Dick Cavett” are available at liedcenter.org, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. Students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.
Cavett’s impressive career spans five decades, during which time he solidified his reputation as one of the foremost interviewers of our time. He started at ABC in 1968, and also enjoyed success on PBS, USA and CNBC. A native Nebraskan, Cavett occasionally sat in for fellow Nebraskan Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson,” where he started as a joke writer for Jack Paar. His most recent television successes were the September 2014 PBS special, “Dick Cavett’s Watergate,” followed April 2015 by “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam.” He has hosted numerous shows as well, including “Faces of Japan” for PBS, as well as HBO specials on magic (a special passion of his), and three HBO series: “Time Was,” “Yesteryear,” and “Remember When.” Over the years, Cavett has also made several Broadway appearances and published four books, most recently, “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks.”
Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone's quick-thinking and unscripted approach to comedy makes her for a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.” Poundstone tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country; she is also an author. Her second hardcover book (Algonquin Books), will debut on May 9, 2017. In 1992, Poundstone became the first woman to share the stage with the President and host the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner. That same year, she rocked the comedy establishment when her HBO special, “Cats, Cops and Stuff,” and won the Cable ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy Special – the first woman to ever receive that award.
This performance is generously supported by Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln.