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Source: Todd Holmberg, 785-532-6425, trholm@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

ERNESTINE, EDITH ANN AND MORE ACCOMPANY COMEDIC ARTIST LILY TOMLIN TO MCCAIN

MANHATTAN -- Comedic great Lily Tomlin is bringing a night of laughter to Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series at 7:30 pm. Friday, Feb. 11.

The performance features Tomlin's comic insights and observations about the human condition through several of her special characters, including Sister Boogie Woman, Ernestine, Mrs. Beasley and Edith Ann.

"The characters she has created over the years are timeless and funnier than ever, as she keeps them up to date on current events and doesn’t hesitate to share their snarky observations," said Todd Holmberg, director of McCain Auditorium. "She’ll take the audience on a multimedia journey using a host of hilarious voices and stories, even interacting with a video of herself on a large screen. Expect the unexpected."

After her rise to national prominence on the television series "Laugh-In" in 1969, Tomlin went on to star in six TV comedy specials. She then made her Broadway debut in 1977 in "Appearing Nitely," written and directed by Jane Wagner.

Tomlin has appeared in several films, including "Tea With Mussolini" and "Pink Panther II," and on television's "The West Wing," "Desperate Housewives," "Damages" and more.

Tickets are on sale now, with prices starting at $19.50 for K-State students and $39 for the general public. Discounts for K-State faculty and staff, military, and children are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information is available online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain.