In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Lily Tomlin has conquered television, the stage, comedy, and films. She is one of those rare comedians whose acting ability is as diverse as the subjects of her comedy. Whether she is playing the president's personal secretary in Aaron Sorkin's TV drama The West Wing, a radio actor and singer in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, or a small role as a comically inept high school guidance councilor in the Jack Black comedy Orange County, Tomlin's uncanny knack for disappearing completely into her roles is simply mesmerizing. There may very well be no boundaries to her range. At O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, Tomlin will dig deep into her comedic vault and perform the classic characters that made her so popular. Certain to make appearances are Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In standards Ernestine, the switchboard-fiddling scourge of the phone customers, and six-year-old Edith Ann, the gold standard of problem children.
Sat., May 10, 8 p.m., 2008