May 24, 2018
Occasionally I dip back into the archives of comedians, musicians, and authors I’ve interviewed for the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, or various other publications over the years and give you a few short bits of the recordings. This episode, it’s Lily Tomlin, whom I interviewed for the Globe in 2008 and 2013. Tomlin is a delightful person and a delightful performer. If you’ve never seen her live, make a point of it. If you can’t feel good about being a human being after you’ve seen her, I don’t know what to do for you. She’s very open and game to talk about anything. My only real job as an interviewer here is to get the ball rolling and get out of the way.
The first clip is from the 2013 interview. I asked Tomlin about performing live, and got a short history of her fascination with characters and how that developed from the shows she would put on as a kid to entertain her family and friends. The second bit is very short, from the 2008 interview, just a detail I enjoy.
You can see Tomlin on Netflix now opposite Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie.