After nearly five decades in the biz, legendary actress and comedian Lily Tomlin is busier than ever.
She plays two TV moms — Reba McEntire's on Malibu Country and Lisa Kudrow's on Web Therapy. She's also cast as a 1960-era radical feminist along side Tina Fey in the forthcoming film Admission. Just days ago, she made a special appearance on NBC's televised birthday bash for Betty White.
"Unless they stop having anything relevant to say, I'll never retire these characters."
"Ever since Laugh-In, I don't think I've ever stopped touring," she tells CultureMap over the phone. "People often ask when the tour started, but it's been going on for decades. I play a number of dates every year, depending on what other projects are happening."
While her current Malibu County gig has cut into the perpetual touring schedule, Tomlin says the experience has been worth reshuffling her live appearances.
"I absolutely love working with everyone on the show. We're truly a TV family," she says. "Sometimes I do feel like Reba's my daughter. Later this season we're having Blake Shelton guest star as my son, which means I end up having two pretty hot kids."
"Ernestine hasn't worked for the phone company since the divestiture, but she's had lots of jobs. She had a chat show for a while and then ser ved in the second Bush Administration."
"I kind of specialize in TV moms now," she laughed. "I can even play your mom, if you like. Seriously, I'm getting very good at it."
"Unless they stop having anything relevant to say, I'll never retire these characters," Tomlin says about subtle social commentary infused in each of her skits.
"Ernestine hasn't worked for the phone company since the divestiture, but she's had lots of jobs. She had a chat show for a while and then served in the second Bush Administration. She even tried to broker peace between W. and Saddam Hussein once — Kim Jong Il too.
"She's just drawn to power, really. These days she works for an insurance corporation, which gives her a chance to reject people's health care . . . It's safe to say that Ernestine stays busy."
Lily Tomlin take the stage at Jones Hall this Saturday at 8 p.m. Click here for details. She will be Dallas Sunday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.