Raleigh welcomes comedienne Lily Tomlin

October 8, 2013 by  

Comic genius Lily Tomlin, who created a whole menagerie of memorable characters as one of the cast of ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’, is coming to Raleigh.

The show, which ran from 1968-1973, was a sketch comedy of the type now done by Saturday Night Live, and a huge hit. In addition to Tomlin, the show launched the careers of Richard Dawson and Goldie Hawn, among others.

Tomlin’s characters, which she created, included the snooty and nasal telephone operator Ernestine with her trademark “one ringy-dingy”, and the hugely precocious five-year-old Edith Ann. Once she left television, Tomlin continued her career in films, appearing in ‘All of Me’, ‘I Heart Huckabees’, and the classic ‘Nine to Five’. She was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her work in ‘Nashville’, directed by Robert Altman. It was her first film. Her most recent role was in ‘Admission’, a romantic comedy in which she played Tina Fey’s mother.

For this show, Tomlin promises appearances by some of her beloved characters, updated to consider today’s issues, as well as new material. Tomlin has played in Raleigh before, she says. She appeared years ago at the Frog & Nightgown, when she was just starting out.

Tomlin will appear this Thursday, October 10, at 8:00 pm at the Carolina Theatre, located at 309 West Morgan Street in Durham. Tickets and further information are available at the theater’s website.

Theater staff could work with a postcard printing company to create postcards of Tomlin, which would be particularly worth keeping hold of if she were to sign them.