An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin at Segerstrom Hall
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Eat at a restaurant nearby and park free. Eight dollars for parking is just too much.info • Feb 23 2013 star this tip starred
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Featured review from Vicki SnellRed Velvet
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Great time...Lily was wonderful, more than a comic...the ultimate storyteller. All her material makes you stop, think and feel...as well as laugh at how much we are all alike. Particularly enjoyed the after show question and answer time.
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Lily is charming and entertaining - more like a friend telling stories - she makes the huge auditorium almost intimate. however, the tier three seats are so high up you better be prepared with binoculars or have a good imagination.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the incomparable Lily Tomlin in her one-woman show, An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, at Segerstrom Hall. Tomlin will perform a combination of her insightful and funny stand-up along with excerpts that feature some of her classic characters.
Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation and video. Throughout her extraordinary entertainment career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: six Emmys; a Tony for her one-woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony as Best Actress; Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics' Circle Award for her one-woman performance in Jane Wagner's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording, as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That's the Truth and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards -- the first for the ABC television special, Edith Ann's Christmas: Just Say Noël and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet.
Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan but began her career in earnest in New York during 1965 when she built a strong following with her appearances at landmark clubs such as The Improvisation, Cafe Au Go Go and the Upstairs at the Downstairs, where she later opened for the legendary Mabel Mercer in the Downstairs Room. She made her television debut in 1966 on The Garry Moore Show and then made several memorable appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, which led to a move to California where she appeared as a regular on Music Scene.
In December 1969, Tomlin joined the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In and immediately rose to national prominence with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old. Tomlin went on to co-write, with Jane Wagner, and star in six comedy television specials: The Lily Tomlin Show (1973), Lily (1973), Lily (1974), Lily Tomlin (1975), Lily: Sold Out (1981), and Lily for President? (1982), for which she won three Emmy Awards and a Writers Guild of America Award. She also starred in the HBO special about the AIDS epidemic, And the Band Played On (1993). She has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as Homicide, X-Files and Will and Grace, and played the boss for two years on the popular CBS series, Murphy Brown. She was also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms. Frizzle on the popular children's animated series, The Magic School Bus, for which she was awarded an Emmy.
Tomlin made her Broadway debut in the 1977 play, Appearing Nitely, written and directed by Jane Wagner. Appearing Nitely was later adapted as both an album and an HBO Special. She also appeared on Broadway and, in a 29-city tour in Jane Wagner's critically acclaimed play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.
The comedienne made her film debut as Linnea, a gospel singer and mother of two deaf children in Robert Altman's Nashville (1975); her memorable performance was nominated for an Academy Award, and both the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics voted Tomlin Best Supporting Actress. She went on to star in The Late Show (1977), Moment By Moment (1978), 9 to 5 (1980) The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), All of Me (1984), Big Business (1988), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), Flirting With Disaster (1996), Tea With Mussolini (1999) among others. In 2002, she appeared in a quirky cameo role in Orange County. Tomlin most recently appeared in Paul Schrader's film, The Walker (2007), and can soon be seen playing a sensitivity training expert assigned to instruct employees on social and political correctness with Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau in Pink Panther II (2009). For her extensive work in film, Tomlin has received the Crystal Award from Women in Film.
In 2002, Tomlin joined the cast of the hit NBC series, The West Wing, playing President Bartlett's assistant, a role for which she received a 2003 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series. In the fall of 2003, she was honored as the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington, D.C.