Few opportunities arise at present where one may take advantage of seeing a truly legendary artist perform live in their native environment. But on Saturday, February 9th Lily Tomlin will once again take the stage in a one night only performance. Tomlin is perhaps best known to mainstreamers for her now iconic roles of Violet Newstead, the leader of the terribly terrific trio who strung up their boss in "Nine to Five," and her equally hilarious Pat Kramer and Edwina Cutwater characters in the films “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” and “All of Me” respectively.
But to more well acquainted fans she has offered so much more in her career. Pioneering earlier roles such as Edith Ann and the one ringy-dingy telephone operator Ernestine on Rowan and Martin's comedy show "Laugh In," Tomlin has carved out her own niche in the comedy landscape as not only a talented actress, but a truly remarkable comedienne. Tomlin is set to let loose over a dozen of her most memorable characters that night, making the single performance not only a fantastic night of comedy, but a pinnacle once in a lifetime experience.
Over the past few years, Tomlin has made several guest appearances on “Desperate Housewives,” “NCIS,” “Eastbound and Down,” and guest starred in the acclaimed FX series, “Damages,” in the Emmy-nominated role of matriarch of a wealthy New York family accused of financial fraud. This year, Tomlin is co-starring with Reba McEntire on the new ABC series “Malibu Country,” and can also be seen on Showtime’s series “Web Therapy” as Lisa Kudrow's narcissistic mother. In 2012, Tomlin filmed a new movie with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd titled Admission.
Throughout her extraordinary entertainment career, she has received numerous awards, including six Emmys; two Tony Awards for her one woman Broadway shows “Appearing Nitely” and “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe;” an Oscar nomination for her role in the film “Nashville;” a Grammy for her comedy album “This is a Recording;” and two Peabody Awards.
Tickets range from $50-$95 and can be purchased online at www.spahouston.org, by phone at 713-227-4772 or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. For groups of 15 or more call 713-632-8113.
About Society for the Performing Arts:
Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is the largest independent non-profit presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than 1,000 performances of the world’s finest music, dance and theater events, in adherence to the belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community. In addition to presenting artists, SPA seeks to provide a variety of learning experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as build relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.