Comedian/actor/writer/producer Lily Tomlin first created her signature characters Ernestine, a condescending telephone operator with a snort for a laugh, and Edith Ann, a five-and-a-half-year-old philosopher, some 44 years ago when she was appearing on the NBC comedy show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. The show eventually folded, but Ernestine and Edith Ann, along with a few other Tomlin characters, went on to have lives of their own. Ernestine, for example, recorded a comedy album called This Is a Recording (it won a Grammy Award), while Edith Ann starred in three animated television specials and wrote an autobiography. Tomlin re-creates Ernestine, Edith Ann and more than a dozen other well-known characters during her one-night-only show for the Society for the Performing Arts. (We’re hoping she includes Pervis Hawkins, a black male R&B singer modeled after singer Luther Vandross.)
After 50 years in show business and multiple Emmys, Tony Awards and an Oscar nomination, Tomlin shows no signs of slowing down. She's just finished filming Admission with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, and stars in the television series Malibu Country with Reba McEntire and Web Therapy with Lisa Kudrow. Oh, and last week she was in California with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles kicking off the group's national It Gets Better tour.
Sat., Feb. 9, 2013