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For decades Lily Tomlin has kept audiences rolling in the aisles. From the television on Laugh-in to movies with Meryl Streep such as a Prairie Home Companion, this multi talented performer always brings her characters to life.

Her roles on such shows as Damages and NCIS have continued to entertain a whole new generation of TV watchers.

Tomlin packs up her characters and heads to Skokie for two shows and we caught up to her to see what’s spinning in her universe.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Lily. So how are you?

Lily Tomlin: Good, good.

JN: I’m excited to see you back in town.

LT: The last time I was there was for the benefit for Center on Halsted. Is Skokie that close to Chicago?

JN: Not too far, just north of the city. I thought I would bring you some Garrett’s popcorn, something very Chicago.

LT: (laughs) That’s a good idea. But what if it spills in your lap during the show?
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Started off the week with a visit to open mic at 3160 on Clark Street. Yes, I am thinking of working up an act and if Kathy Griffin can talk celebrities in her show then so can I!
Speaking of the D List, the big D himself Matt Damon appeared at the Metro for The People Speak Live. He was glued to his speech, didn’t seem inspired, and don’t even get me started about the preacher that spoke. If I wanted to get yelled at then I would go to church! The Latino speaker blew him out of the water right after. Aqua caliente!

I worked on a record number of ten interviews this week with everyone from Kyle Richards from Bravo’s Housewives to Lily Tomlin. I chatted about Actor’s Guild Award dresses with George from the Fashion Police to speaking Spanish to singer Edith Marquez at Circuit. Traci Lords was really intriguing to get to know and see the woman that rocked the porn world and is number one on the dance charts currently.

Speaking of new music, London singer Rumer hit town at Lincoln Hall. Her voice is a mix between Karen Carpenter and Dusty Springfield. She has made a huge splash overseas and deservedly so. I was in front of the stage getting chills then we met after her set. Watch your throat Adele this is one to watch and listen to!

Our holiday party for Windy City Media Group at Hamburger Marys was a treat and guess who won the grand prize? Too bad it wasn’t a new car but I will take the concert tickets…

It turned February and love was in the air at Estelle’s show. The space was the place to see her perform in. The last show I had seen her play was House of Blues years ago.

My friend Young Sun Han from Bravo’s Work of Art opened his gallery show at Las Manos in Andersonville. I love how he combines personal perspective with politics.

On Saturday I hit Varla Jean Merman’s show at Hydrate. She is such a sweetie and the southern sense of humor I really dig.

I strutted into Kit Kat to meet friends and chat with drag queens, which was very lively.

Then the group headed to Circuit where new stripper friend Viktor dropped his drawers and posed with me. Isn’t it rude to point? Well, I guess that’s better than poking!

Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)

Advice

“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

Harriet Newman Leve is a Tony-winning Broadway producer with such hits under her belt as Stomp and The 39 Steps. Both shows have stepped and stomped into theaters locally thanks to Broadway in Chicago. Leve took a load off her feet to sit with Nunn on the Run.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Harriet. Let’s talk about your show coming to town.

Harriet Newman Leve: Yes, we are rolling into Chicago!

JN: Have you been to Chicago before?

HL: I went to Indiana University and, for fun and excitement, we would drive to Chicago. So I love Chicago; of course, I have been living in New York for quite a while as well as California. I did live in the Midwest for a little bit and appreciate Chicago.

JN: How was switching from producing in New York to L.A?
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With a career that has spanned over 40 year and is still going strong, Lily Tomlin has always had the ability to make people laugh. She spoke to Nunn on the Run for the second time about recent projects.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Lily. How have you been? We haven’t talked since last year.

Lily Tomlin: Yeah, I have been fine, thank you.

JN: You have busy with your show in Las Vegas, Not Playing with a Full Deck, since then.

LT: Yes, a little bit. I performed three times there and just finished.

JN: How is that different that other shows that you have done?
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Lily Tomlin

With Lily Tomlin—who has an over 40-year career—many words come to mind: actress, comedian, writer and producer, but also a legend. She has won many honors, including a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy, as well as an Academy Award nomination.

Jerry Nunn: Hello, Lily. You are a dream interview for me! Edith Ann was my favorite on Sesame Street. So I guess I have been a fan since diapers.

Lily Tomlin: Well, thanks. I am glad of that.

JN: You just had a birthday by the way, Happy birthday!

LT: Thanks a million.

JN: I want to talk about your career. You were one of the first female comedians to do Black male drag with Pervis Hawkins. What inspired that character?

LT: That character came about during the “Lily for President” special. The feat was that not only was Lily such a grass roots candidate but a great Black soul artist. I was so widely beloved, that all these people came to do a show for her. [ Both laugh ]

JN: I recently interviewed Paula Poundstone and she named you an influence. What comedians inspired you growing up?
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