Lily Tomlin performs at Tampa Theatre

Comedy legend brings along characters from 'Laugh-In' and Broadway

April 3, 2014 

Lily Tomlin will perform tonight at the Tampa Theatre. PUBLICITY PHOTO

She's won a Grammy Award, two Tony Awards, six Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards and the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She's also been nominated for an Oscar.

And besides all that, Lily Tomlin is just plain hilarious.

If you're a fan, as almost everyone is, you can catch her live today at Tampa Theatre.

Tomlin re-invented one-person theater with "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe," the Broadway show written for her by her partner Jane Wagner in which Tomlin played a dozen characters, from a bag lady to a couple Manhattan hookers to a lonely rich woman.

This time, her show is simply titled "An Evening With Lily Tomlin." It's something of a greatest hits kind of show, without the through-line "Search for Signs." Tomlin is re-creating some her classic characters from that show, as well as others she created way back in the '60s when she was a regular on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in," including Ernestine the switchboard operator and the lovably obnoxious tyke Edith Ann.

By the way, Tomlin, who's now 74 years old, is a newlywed. She and Wagner, who have been life partners as well as comedy partners for decades, got married in December.

Details: 8 p.m. April 3, Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Tickets: $56.30-$98.7o. Information: 813-274-8981, www.tampatheatre.org.

-- Marty Clear

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