Born in 1939, Lily Tomlin is an award-winning comedian, writer, singer, and producer. This versatile performer began her career as a stand-up comedian and achieved critical acclaim for her contributions to Off-Broadway productions in the 1960s. One of her first breakout roles came as a contributor to Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, a variety show that ran from 1969 to 1973. A native of Detroit, Tomlin began her stand-up career in her home town, before continuing her career in the Big Apple when she relocated to New York City. A pioneer of character comedy, some of her creations have gone down in legend, from telephone operator Ernestine to the effervescent Edith Ann. See what all the fuss is about and experience these comedy creations in person when you buy Lily Tomlin comedy tickets online at StubHub.
Comedy albums and audio success
After a stint on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In where she perfected her trademark character comedy, Lily Tomlin would go on to embark on a successful solo career. Tomlin signed with Polydor in 1972, beginning work on her first comedy album, This is a Recording. Here, she chronicled more adventures of the thorny telephone operator Ernestine and the album proved an instant success, hitting the charts at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 200. The album was the highest-charting debut for a female comedian at the time and earned Tomlin a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording.
She would follow up on the success of her debut in the same year with And That’s The Truth, a showcase of another of her enduring popular creations, Edith Ann. This was to prove almost as successful as her debut album, selling well and earning her a further Grammy nomination. Her third album would follow in 1975, titled Modern Scream.
Move into motion pictures and return to the stage
In the years that followed, Lily Tomlin demonstrated a versatile set of talents that went beyond comedy. Her first foray into serious acting in Nashville in 1975 not only impressed critics, but earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She’d continue to wow audiences and critics alike that decade with turns in The Late Show and Moment by Moment.
Tomlin would continue to prove a heavyweight in the motion picture industry, but returned to her roots in a big way in the 1980s. One-woman shows like The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe earned her a Tony Award and was later re-imagined as a motion picture, with the show being revived for Broadway in 2000. In 2009, she once again returned to the stage with Not Playing with a Full Deck. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind talent the next time she treads the boards and buy Lily Tomlin comedy tickets online today at StubHub.