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MIAC presents 'An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin'

Thursday, October 26, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: While this performance is sold out, additional tickets may be released on the evening of the performance, Tuesday, Nov. 7. Seats will be sold to patrons waiting in the cancellation line on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m., but patrons may start lining up earlier in the day. 

A sold-out crowd at Mercyhurst University’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center will revel in the unique comedic antics of legendary comedienne and actress Lily Tomlin during a special performance on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture, An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin will give audience members a taste of the unique brand of comedy that has long made Tomlin a beloved figure on the national stage.

From her early days on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In to her Emmy-nominated performance as Frankie on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, Tomlin has spent the better part of five decades making American audiences laugh with her insightful, witty and completely original characters. In what’s been billed as “something of a greatest hits,” An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin promises to bring these most beloved characters to the stage once more.

Tomlin first rose to national prominence in 1969 on Laugh-In, a sketch comedy show that introduced audiences to her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old. Tomlin went on to star in six comedy television specials, which she co-wrote with Jane Wagner. In 1977, she made her Broadway debut in Appearing Nitely, which Wagner wrote and directed.

On film, Tomlin was nominated for an Oscar for her 1975 debut in Robert Altman’s Nashville, and both the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics voted Tomlin Best Supporting Actress. Over the next 40 years, she starred in over 25 movies, including Jane Wagner’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman9 to 5All of MeBig BusinessThe Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In the UniverseThe Beverly HillbilliesTea With MussoliniDisney’s The KidI Heart HuckabeesA Prairie Home CompanionAdmission and, most recently, the critically-acclaimed Grandma.

Tomlin’s television credits include The West WingDesperate HousewivesDamagesNCIS and Web Therapy. Currently, Tomlin stars alongside Jane Fonda in the hit Netflix series Grace and Frankie.

Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received seven Emmys, two Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, two Peabody Awards, the prestigious Mark Twain Prize, the Crystal Award from Women in Film and numerous other honors.

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The 2017-18 MIAC Live season is made possible through the generosity of Dr. & Mrs. Robert Guelcher, Cumulus Media and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority. This performance is sponsored by Lincoln Recycling, BOB FM and The Erie Reader. In recognition of Tomlin’s longtime advocacy for animal rights, MIAC has also partnered with the ANNA Shelter for this performance.