Twentieth Century Blues
from the 1933 film "Cavalcade"
Music and Lyrics by Noël Coward See more »
"Lily" was one of the fine specials Ms. Tomlin did after "Laugh-In"
Having just watched all eps of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" that gave Lily Tomlin her big break, I then went to YouTube and just saw her second TV special she did for CBS which aired the season after her previous show ended. Among her guest stars in this one are Alan Alda and Richard Pryor. One sketch takes place in a restaurant in which Alan is thinking with his conscience talking to him and Lily is doing the same with hers-while her date is at the table-as their doubles appear vis split screen. That's one of the more consistently funny skits while others-like one taking place in a diner with Pryor among the customers-is more a slice-of-life drama. The upload I watched included the commercials that aired during that program's hour like a Skippy Peanut Butter one with Judd Hirsh or a Max Factor one with Jaclyn Smith. Oh, there was also an Edith Ann skit in which an off-screen voice talks to her as opposed to her "Laugh-In" versions in which she just did a short monologue. I should note that among the writers on this special were Lorne Michaels (who was an "L-I" staff writer before Lily's arrival there) and Ann Elder (who was a cast member of that show during some of Ms. Tomlin's years there). Also on the staff was Herb Sargent who also produced this special and would join the "Saturday Night Live" staff when Lorne created that program two years later. In summary, "Lily" was a fine special for Ms. Tomlin.
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