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THERE HAS BEEN SOME CONFUSION IN MY REVIEW OF THIS SPECIAL. THE BELOW
IS REFERRING TO LILY TOMLIN'S FIRST SPECIAL, "THE LILY TOMLIN SHOW",
WHICH AIRED ON CBS IN MARCH 1973. THE IMDb TITLE IS FOR THE SECOND
SPECIAL "LILY" ( WITH RICHARD PRYOR AND ALAN ALDA )WHICH AIRED ON CBS
IN November OF 1973. SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION.
This was Lily Tomlin's first TV special that she did in the 70's. It
was made right after she left "Laugh In" and it aired on CBS in March
of 1973."Laugh In" had gone into reruns and Lily was offered her own
special on CBS. Thankfully, she took them up on it and produced a TV
special that was light on the music and heavy on the character-based
sketches that she excelled in so brilliantly. It was definitely a
different special than most of that time. Lily did some of her classic
characters like Ernestine,(who placed a call to General Motors) and
Edith Ann, but she introduced a new character named Bobbie Jeanine who
was a cocktail lounge organist. This was a wonderful character who sang
and talked to her audience at the "Starlight Lounge" where she played.
Bobbie spewed out words of wisdom to her troubled clientle. Richard
Pryor was a guest on this show and there is a hilarious sketch in which
he plays a wino who gets stuck in an elevator with Lily's "Tasteful
Lady". The two get to know each other and it is a hoot. Lily also
performed some monologues as herself including one on how her father
told her "get up and sing a song babe" after he informed a waitress
that his daughter was on television. It is both funny and touching.
Unfortunetely, "Lily Tomlin" is not available to rent or buy
commercially, but it should be. It showed how much talent Lily Tomlin
had that wasn't fully displayed on "Laugh In". Following the good
ratings of this show CBS offered Lily another special ( LILY which
aired in Nov. 1973 ). The second one won an Emmy award for Outstanding
Comedy/Variety Special. Lily then went on to do two more TV specials on
I give this special 10 out of 10 stars!
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