With a career spanning five decades, Lily Tomlin has entertained generations of families through appearances on shows as diverse as Sesame Street, Laugh-In, Damages and, most recently, Malibu Country. But the Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Peabody award-winning actress, who got her start in standup, says that career didn’t come easily: She had to challenge the stereotypes hung on female entertainers.
“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.
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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