A judge in Santa Monica ruled today that comedian Paula Poundstone will not be allowed to perform on stage until she completes a sentence of 180 days in an alcohol rehabilitation center.

Poundstone's lawyer, Steven Cron, pleaded for her to be allowed to return to the stage for limited appearances. But Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins said she would benefit more from continuing to focus on herself and resolve the problems that led her to be charged with child endangerment.

He ordered Poundstone to remain in the Promises rehabilitation program where she has already served 125 days and has received glowing reports on her progress.

He also ordered five years of formal probation, 200 hours of community service and revoked her right to ever have foster children again.