Lily Tomlin may be 70, but she’s still got the soul—and body—of a five-year-old, at least when inhabited by one of her most beloved characters.
Chatting on The wOw Effect, her wowOwow Talk show here on BlogTalkRadio, the Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning funny lady reveals how she keeps Edith Ann fresh after five decades.
“She’s a kid. She lives in the culture, so she has to reflect that culture,” Lily tells host Julia Reed in a Goin’ Mobile edition of the show.
“And I usually do her as an improv in my act. I get down and roll around on the floor, as a five-year-old, and I have the audience ask her questions. And that keeps her alive.”
Lily, whose current road show is titled “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin,” also discusses longstanding misconceptions about her one-woman appearances.
“People will say, ‘When does this tour start? Or ‘When does it end?’ And I say, ‘Well, it started when I was on Laugh-In,” she says of the groundbreaking NBC series she joined in 1969.
“I always do 40 or 50 dates a year in between everything else. I just book them and I do a few here and a few there and I’ve just never stopped doing it because I’ve always had an act—since the time I was maybe 10 years old!”
Also on the show, Lily’s fellow wowOwow correspondent, Candice Bergen, weighs in on the peripatetic life.
“I have become such a couch potato. If I’m on the sofa with my dogs on top of me, I’m just a happy clam,” she says.
“But I also view travel as time suspended. So when you travel, you don’t gain weight, you don’t get older.
“It’s sort of like time is in a holding pattern ‘til you get home.”
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