Lily Tomlin: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe [DVD] [1991]

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Special Features

  • Hilarious outtakes
  • Conversations with Lily and Jane
  • Writer's and Actor's notes
  • Archival footage and more!
  • DVD #1: 1. The Movie 120 min.
  • DVD #2: 1. The Goosebump Experience 5 min. 2. Magic Minimalism
  • 3. Biographies: Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Conversation-Lily & Jane at M.I.T. 4. Cast of Characters: Trudy, Agnus Angst, Chrissy, Kate, Paul, Lud & Marie, The Prostitutes: Tina & Brandy, The Feminists: Lyn, Edie & Marge 5. Outtakes
  • 6. Ode to The Search


The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
This filmed version of Lily Tomlin's successful one-woman performance piece is sometimes classified as a "documentary." However, it is one hundred percent from the show and contains nothing but that show, so it could also be classified simply as a comedy/satire. In any case, it features classic characters limned by this versatile performer, whose uncanny sketches predated those by Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Ullman or Sandra Bernhard -- all of whom walk in her footsteps. One of the repeating themes of the show is the avuncular advice of a delightfully addled bag lady who offers her services to help non-Earth aliens understand what they are seeing on this planet. All the skits tie together under the general theme of making fun of high-toned New Age rhetoric, which is a system of beliefs that proves inadequate to address the fundamental woes of everyday life. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Lily Tomlin
    Lily Tomlin - Truby the Bag Lady, Agnus Angst, Kate, Brandy, Tina

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