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Comedian Lily Tomlin to perform at NIACC

Lily Tomlin

MASON CITY – Get ready to laugh with An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th, 2017. This presentation is part of the 2017-2018 Performing Arts and Leadership Series for the 20th Anniversary Season.

Lily Tomlin is a comedic pioneer, a movie star, a living legend and a feminist hero. The multi-talented Tomlin began her career as a panelist on that wacky staple of late ’60s and early ’70s television, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, before going on to star in a series of classic films that includes gems such as Nashville, 9 to 5, All of Me and I Heart Huckabees.

Decades into her illustrious career, Tomlin is awash in accolades, having won seven Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth, and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards. In 2003, she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and, in December 2014, was the recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.

In December 1969, Tomlin joined the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In and immediately rose to national prominence with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old. Tomlin is currently co-starring with Jane Fonda in the continuing Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, which premiered in May 2015. The third season premiered in March 2017 and the fourth season has started shooting. In the first two seasons, Tomlin was nominated for an Emmy and in the first season a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Tomlin was recently honored with the Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association.

Tomlin is well-known for supporting philanthropic organizations, particularly those focused on animal welfare, civil rights, health care, protection of elephants, women’s issues, AIDS-related organizations, and environmental concerns, overcoming homelessness and supporting the LGBTQ community in all aspects of life. As part of her concern for animals, Tomlin earned an Emmy for her narration of the documentary An Apology to Elephants. She has received the Petco Foundation’s Hope Award for being a leader in animal welfare, and she established the Voice for the Animals Foundation’s Lily Award, to highlight just a few of her interests. Tomlin’s humanitarian efforts earned her the Honickman Foundation’s Golden Heart Award for her impact in breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Tomlin can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and the popular website for women,, an on-line community which was founded and run by women for women of all ages and origins.

To learn more about Lily Tomlin visit her website at or watch a video at

Join Tomlin for an evening in her capably hilarious hands. For tickets to the presentation, call the NIACC Box Office at 1-888-466-4222, extension 4188. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Be sure to stop by our concessions table for a light snack and a glass of beer, wine or soda before the show or during intermission. Proceeds support NIACC activities groups across campus.

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