LILY TOMLIN – “AND THAT’S THE TRUTH” (1971)
I realize that the very thought of this might turn you off from downloading it, this web but I must give you my strongest recommendation to turn that “WTF?” switch off in your brain and actually listen to this album. This is no “Ernestine” schtick or mere sketch comedy thing — rather, this is one weird piece of theater that creeped me out somewhat, and is an album I would certainly listen to more than once, given its bizarro factor.
It’s a two-character piece, with Tomlin playing both parts at the same time. It’s her playing a fictionalized version of “herself” against the “bratty child” character Edith Ann — but unlike Edith Ann’s appearances on “Laugh-In”, this is one messed-up little kid, spewing heavy-duty philosophical fragments and morose musings on life, death and sandwiches that are more disturbing than funny ha-ha.
There is a live studio audience present, one that does laugh at the big “jokes” throughout the piece, but there’s a lot of material here that goes by where the audience is equally as befuddled as you will be.
I thought this record was awesome.