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WORLD THE LEGENDARY COMEDIENNE IS REINTRODUCING HER CLASSIC CHARACTERS TO A NEW GENERATION.
BY randy noles
ily Tomlin made her TV debut 47 years ago as co-host of an ABC-TV hit-parade show that featured James Brown, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and a Beatles music video. It was called Music Scene, and it went head-to-head with an irreverent NBC-TV sketch comedy show called Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Tomlin had passed on Laugh-In, which became a cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi and more. “I thought Music Scene was hipper,” she says with a chuckle. But, thanks to the flying fickle finger of fate, Tomlin was in “beautiful downtown Burbank” and appearing on Laugh-In by the show’s third season. There she introduced an array of iconic characters and become one of the most popular comediennes of the era. Tomlin hasn’t made many errant career moves since, and is now firmly ensconced as a comedy legend who, at 77, is still breaking new ground, tackling new projects and touring the country. She — and an array of alter egos — will appear on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Walt Disney Theater. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets start at $35.
WINTER 2016 | artsLife