Comedian PAULA POUNDSTONE came out of the same burgeoning Boston comedy scene of the late 1970s that produced Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Janeane Garofalo and Kevin Meaney, but she carved out her own unique brand of observational humor in California. She won two Cable Ace Awards and was given an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up Comic in 1989. A frequent panelist on the National Public Radio show "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" – which airs Saturdays, 11 a.m., on WABE-FM (90.1) – Poundstone also has authored a quirky, history-lesson-laced memoir, There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say (Three Rivers Press), which includes a candid take on alcohol-abuse issues that led to a 2001 arrest. Poundstone performs Fri., MARCH 28, at the Ferst Center for the Arts, and her material is as fresh as ever. $21.60-$37. 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts, 225 North Ave. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu.