This Is a Recording
1971/2002: Polydor/Laugh.com 24-4055/LGH1114
Ive clung tenaciously to my vinyl copy of this record for most of my adult life because nothing seemed to be happening to bring Tomlins comedy records to any more modern format, and this ones a must-have in my opinion. Sure, its funnier if you know something about the era in which it was recordedfor instance that Mr Veedle is Gore Vidal, whom Tomlins Ernestine (the character delivering most of the material on this album) had referred to in other skits of the day (as Mister Gory Veedle, Ernestine not having any idea who he was or how to pronounce his name, nor caringafter all, We dont carewe dont have to: were the Phone Company, as she says except, ironically, not on this album). Or who Martha Mitchell was and why Ernestines verbal meltdown in trying to keep up with Mitchell happens, let alone why its so funny (no, I said semantics, not semitics, Mrs Mitchell). Or what an I.B.M. card was, or the name Mary Proctor, or . Which is all the more reason for her Modern Scream album to be put out on CD now, with its stand-up-routine line Its funny to think that bean-bag chairs will one day be antiques. (A few great selections from Modern Scream can be found on The Best of Lily Tomlin (The Millennium Collection).)
I do love this album and for years have been able to quote whole sections of it without blinking (except to do Ernestines trademark snort). Its hard to say which is funnier, thoughthe way she telescopes the progression of events in The Marriage Counselor or the kind of brilliant humor she derives wickedly (yet not obscenely!) from us hearing only one side of her conversations, such as in The Obscene Phone Call: Wait a minutehe said he was going to what to you? Wait, waitis that F as in Frank? And Ill always have a spot in my heart for her line in the introduction Alexander Graham Bell did kick over in 1922, I I dont know if it was Mr Watson, the schnapps, or just what but he left behind him a monopolum, a company .
Comments © 2009 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.