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Thursday, 19 June, 2014 1:12 PM

Review: Lily Tomlin kicks off the Ann Arbor Summer Festival with lots of laughs

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Tomlin performing her classic comedy at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. on June 14, 2014.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- "One ringy-dingy, Two-ringy-dingies." Sound familiar? Yes, that's Lily Tomlin, who performed her classic comedy at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. "I gave the best years of my life to AT&T. My fingers hurt from plugging and unplugging. I got carpal tunnel from dialing. Perhaps you've been charged for a call you didn't make. We don't care. We're the phone company," she continued. Then there was a hilarious video about the phone company.

"Hello this is Ernestine Tomlin, what is your gripe du jour?" she joked. "So you were shot in a subway? Next time eat at Quiznos. Your health is our business, not our concern," she continued. Ernestine often snorted during her skits.

"When I lived in Detroit, I always wanted to go to Hollywood and be a big star, and go on the road to Ann Arbor, Michigan!" says Lily. The audience laughed. Her mother and dad came from Kentucky, then came to Detroit so he could work. She says, "my dad could never afford to buy a car. He didn't want my mother to work; he was from the South. So my mother threw Tupperware parties. My dad would sit around all weekend and drink.....and I thought the Tupperware party was weird." My mother started a group, which didn't take off, it was called Mother's Against Stand-up Comics. My brother sawed my mother's couch into three pieces, so we would have sectional furniture.

Tomlin told a story about how after college, she wanted to be a waitress. Then she headed for New York. She landed on Broadway. She wore this white shirt uniform with blue and orange on the collar and went to Howard Johnson's and sat at the counter, waiting to be discovered. After that, she worked three years on Laugh In. "Guess I'll have to settle for success!," as the audience laughed.

There was also a video on Stay Put hairspray. She was sitting in a chair as she was going through a car wash. Her hair got soaped and rinsed, then her body got patted down. The slogan was Stay Put--gives you the fashion finish.

She also talked about her Cass Tech days. "Someone told me I resembled Natalie Wood. I was wearing a two-piece bathing suit. There was nothing I would have changed. When I was in my teens, there was everything I would have changed. But I have changed. My skin is somewhat sagging. My fingers are bent. I better stop, I see that I am turning some of you on," she joked. "Even words changed. When you swiped something, you're stealing. Now if you swipe something, you're paying for it," says Tomlin.

She also did a skit about Edith Ann. "I am six years old. I wanted to tell time all my life, and as soon as I did, I was arriving late all the time," says Tomlin. She found the best reason to like second grade. Miss Sweeney. Miss Sweeney let us sit where we wanted. She was taller than me--about three feet. When I was asked to read aloud in school, I read out LOUD. I asked Miss Sweeney if her first name was Margaret Ann? She said 'Yes. But you better call me Miss Sweeney.' I said, "OK, Margaret."

Next was a question-and-answer session from the audience. One question was, How did you come up with Ernestine? "I wanted to do something with the telephone company. She just became a phenomenon." Another was, What advice do you have for a women turning 50? "Wear sunscreen."

I enjoyed the show immensely. I think Lily Tomlin is a very talented actress, comedian, writer and producer. She has been on Broadway, in film and on several TV shows. I'm glad she came back Michigan for this performance.

For more information about other shows and events at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, visit www.a2sf.org.

Related Stories: Lily Tomlin talks Wayne State, Ann Arbor Summer Festival and 'Grace & Frankie'; Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner receive 345th Golden Star in Palm Springs, CA

 

 

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Ann Arbor Summer Festival's Mike Dubin, Chair of the Festival Board of Trustees and Amy Nesbitt, Executive Director of the Festival

 

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Tomlin is best known for playing Ernestine and Edith Ann on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In."

 

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She grew up in Detroit, graduated from Cass Tech High School and then studied at Wayne State University.

 

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Lily Tomlin entertaining audiences in Ann Arbor, Mich.

 

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She performed a two-hour set for the crowd.

 

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