Friday, March 30, 2012

The Calvin Theatre in Northampton presents An Evening with Lily Tomlin Friday, May 4th at 8PM.

Twenty-somethings might know Lily Tomlin only for her television roles on "The West Wing," "Will & Grace" and "Desperate Housewives." Gen Xers grew up watching her in the film comedies "9 to 5" (with Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda), "All of Me" and "The Incredible Shrinking Woman." And for Baby Boomers, she has been a part of their lives ever since she became an overnight sensation on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In."

Tomlin was not quite 30 when she joined the cast of the popular NBC sketch-comedy show in 1969. She was an instant fan favorite, thanks to unforgettably funny sketches featuring Edith Ann, the precocious 5-year-old, and Ernestine, the snarky telephone operator with the trademark greeting, "Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?"

Tomlin's stage act draws mostly on her comedy career, but it wasn't long after her big break on "Laugh-In" that she proved she was much more than another stand-up. She made her film debut in 1975 in Robert Altman's "Nashville," playing against type as a timid Southern housewife. And in 1986, she won a Tony Award for her one-woman show "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe," written by her life partner, Jane Wagner.

Throughout her extraordinary entertainment career, Lily Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: six Emmys, two Tonys and two Peabody Awards. Her film credits also include Robert Altman's "The Player" and "Short Cuts"; Woody Allen's "Shadows and Fog"; "Orange County." "Flirting With Disaster," and "I Heart Huckabees." She has also had memorable roles on television, including appearances on Murphy Brown, Will and Grace and The West Wing.

Tickets for An Evening with Lily Tomlin at the Calvin Theatre on Friday May 4th at 8PM are available at Northampton Box Office, 413-586-8686, and online at

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