Lily Tomlin Peter Buckley - Essay

Peter Buckley

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Tomlin's] more than a comedienne, she's a clown….

A carefully constructed pyramid of wit and wisdom, [Tomlin's humor is] by and for the people, a contemporary phenomenon that shouldn't be examined and dissected in some academic exercise; but it certainly can be admired as a reflection of the seventies, for she is one of our spokes-persons, clowning it all the way to tomorrow. After all, we live in a fairly schizoid society, and amidst this relatively safe, healthy world there is a great and growing fear of the unknown, the uncontrollable; if we can't laugh at it, we're in much worse shape than we think. (p. 46)

You gotta laugh. And that, of course, is why we have clowns—to...

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