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Lily Tomlin rose to national prominence in 1969 on the television series, Laugh-In, with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six year old. Tomlin went on to star in six comedy television specials between 1973 and 1982, which she also co-wrote with Jane Wagner. In 1977, Tomlin made her Broadway debut in Appearing Nitely, written and directed by Jane Wagner. Tomlin next appeared on Broadway in 1985 in Jane Wagner’s critically-acclaimed play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.
On film, Tomlin’s debut in Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975) was nominated for an Academy Award, and the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics voted Lily Best Supporting Actress. She next starred opposite Art Carney in The Late Show (1977) and John Travolta in Jane Wagner’s Moment By Moment (1978); teamed with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the comedy 9 to 5 (1980); starred as The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) and in Carl Reiner’s All of Me (1984) and teamed with Bette Midler for Big Business (1987). In the 90’s, Tomlin starred in the film The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In the Universe (1991); appeared as part of an ensemble cast in Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog (1992); starred opposite Tom Waits in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993); portrayed Miss Jane Hathaway in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993); starred in the films Flirting With Disaster (1996), Getting Away with Murder (1996), Krippendorf’s Tribe (1998) and co-starred in Tea With Mussolini (1999). Tomlin also starred with Bruce Willis in Disney’s The Kid (2000), appeared in Orange County (2002), co-starred in I Heart Huckabee’s (2004), A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and appeared in The Walker (2007) and Pink Panther II (2009).
On television, Tomlin has been seen in many series, including The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, and the FX series, Damages. Throughout her career, Tomlin has received six Emmys, two Tony Awards, a Grammy, two Peabody Awards and numerous other notable awards for her acting, producing and narrating achievements, and was honored as the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington DC. Tomlin continues to appear around the country in concert performances. In 2011, she returned to Australia for several concert appearances and participated in the Mardi Gras Festival. Currently, Tomlin can be seen on Showtime’s new series, Web Therapy, as Lisa Kudrow’s narcissistic mother. She is also appearing on the CBS hit drama, NCIS.
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson currently stars as “Mitchell Pritchett” on the Emmy Award-winning ABC comedy MODERN FAMILY. In its first two seasons, the show has earned two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Ferguson has also received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
No stranger to television, Ferguson received rave reviews and was honored by The Hollywood Reporter in 2006 as one of Ten to Watch for his role on the CBS ensemble sitcom “The Class.” His additional television credits include “Do Not Disturb” and “Ugly Betty.” Film credits include UNTRACEABLE and WONDERFUL WORLD.
The theatre has always been Ferguson’s first love. He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and made his Broadway debut at the age of 21 as “Chip” in George C. Wolfe’s revival of On The Town. He later went on to originate the role of “Leaf Coneybear” in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (“Outstanding Ensemble Performance” winner, Drama Desk Awards, 2005; “Distinguished Performance” nominee, Drama League Awards, 2005). He has worked extensively with The New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park in such notable productions as The Merchant of Venice, A Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (“Distinguished Performance” nominee, Drama League Awards, 2008), where he performed alongside Al Pacino, Jesse L. Martin, Martha Plimpton and Lily Rabe. Other theatre credits include world premieres of Christopher Shinn’s Where Do We Live and Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish.
Ferguson is also an advocate and active supporter of the Human Rights Campaign. In 2011, he was honored with the HRC’s Media Award, which recognizes an individual for establishing a positive, increased awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the media.
Ferguson currently resides in Los Angeles.
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Lucy Punch most recently starred alongside Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake in Columbia Pictures’ BAD TEACHER, in Paramount Pictures’ Dinner for Schmucks with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, in Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger with Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, and Josh Brolin, and A Little Bit of Heaven, alongside Kate Hudson, Kathy Bates, and Gael Garcia Bernal. Her upcoming projects include The Giant Mechanical Man, written and directed by Lee Kirk, and Yellow, written and directed by Nick Cassavetes.
Punch began her feature film career working opposite Geoffrey Rush in 2004’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. This was followed by the family fantasy, Ella Enchanted, with Anne Hathaway. In 2006, Punch was chosen as the British Shooting Star by the Berlin Film Festival for her work in Being Julia opposite Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons. She has also appeared in St. Trinian’s and Edgar Wright’s British action comedy Hot Fuzz. Punch also worked with Topher Grace and Anna Faris in Universal Pictures’ Young Americans and starred in the musical dramedy Untitled alongside Adam Goldberg and Marley Shelton.
Punch has also appeared in numerous television series in the UK such as “Days Like These,” “Doc Martin,” and “Let Them Eat Cake.” She made her West End debut as Elaine Robinson in “The Graduate,” directed by Terry Johnson. In 2007, Punch returned to TV in the CBS comedy “The Class” alongside Lizzy Caplan, Jason Ritter and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. In October of 2010 she starred in the three-part mini-series “Vexed” for BBC opposite Toby Stevens.
Punch was born and raised in London, England. She divides her time between London and Los Angeles.