“When I started out, very few women did comedy — certainly very few did standup,” says Tomlin. “If you...did comedy, you either played on being homely or overweight, or that you couldn’t get a man, or that you were flat-chested. Honestly, they played a persona and talked out of that place.” Tomlin refused to play by those rules, though, and has a cavalcade of non-traditional female characters — including Ernestine the telephone operator, Edith Ann the precocious preschooler, and sass-talking granny Lillie Mae — on her resumé to back her up.
Tomlin will perform tonight at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Tickets start at $41; a portion of the proceeds benefits CPT12. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 303-623-0106 or go to paramountdenver.com.
Sat., April 13, 8 p.m., 2013