This Is a Recording (Lily Tomlin album)

This Is a Recording is a comedy album released in 1971 by American actress-comedian Lily Tomlin.[2] The album consists of comic sketches of Tomlin in her most famous character, Ernestine, the nosy, aggressive, and sharp-tongued telephone operator. The album's tracks include monologues in which Ernestine tangles over the phone with Joan Crawford, Gore Vidal ("Mr. Veedle"), Martha Mitchell, and J. Edgar Hoover. It was recorded live at the intimate Ice House in Pasadena, California.[1]

This Is a Recording
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ReleasedMarch 1971 (March 1971)
RecordedThe Ice House
Pasadena, California
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The album, Tomlin's first, won her a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording.[3] Tomlin became the first woman to win this award for a solo recording (in 1962 Elaine May won for an album with Mike Nichols; in the years since only Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, and Tiffany Haddish among female comedians have won the award.) The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 200 albums list, the highest charting solo comedy album by a woman ever on the chart.[4]

Track listing edit

  1. "Alexander Graham Bell"
  2. "Mr. Veedle"
  3. "The Marriage Counselor"
  4. "Joan Crawford"
  5. "Obscene Phone Call"
  6. "The Repairman"
  7. "The Bordello"
  8. "Strike"
  9. "Peeved"
  10. "Ernestine"
  11. "The Pageant"
  12. "The F.B.I."
  13. "The Mafia and the Pope"
  14. "Mrs. Mitchell"
  15. "Awards Dinner"
  16. "Boswick 9"
  17. "I.B.M."

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References edit

  1. ^ a b "This Is a Recording - Lily Tomlin | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via
  2. ^ Hiaasen, Rob (August 28, 2005). "From Newhart to Rock: These guys made us laugh".
  3. ^ "Lily Tomlin". November 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Chart Beat: Katy Perry, Kathy Griffin, Miley Cyrus". Billboard. June 26, 2008.
  5. ^ "Lily Tomlin Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1971". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2021.