Lily Tomlin: My Not-So-Laugh-In Moment
Having grown up being a fan of the old TV show “Laugh-In”, I was very excited for the opportunity to work as a co-auctioneer with one of its stars, Lily Tomlin. The event was “Arts for ACT” a significant fundraiser for the Abuse Counseling and Treatment Center in Fort Myers, Florida. The venue was the Harborside Event Center and more than 1,200 attendees were present.
I found Lily to be a wonderful, down to earth, funny-as-hell personality. She was a joy to work with.
At this particular auction, due to the large number of items up for bid, the organizers decided to have two professional auctioneers take turns selling 10 items at a time. When I was not calling the bids I was able to converse with Lily and point out particular individuals in the crowd for her to “pick on” via the microphone.
When we were about two-thirds of the way through the auction she turned to me and asked if I thought it appropriate if she had a gin and tonic. I explained to her that the way she had endeared herself to the crowd I didn’t think she could do anything wrong.
So off the stage we went walking, arm in arm, toward one of the cash bars set up to serve the thirsty auction attendees.
I was feeling pretty proud of myself – to be escorting such a well-known celebrity in my hometown – and having the privilege of buying her a drink. But, my pride quickly turned to panic as I suddenly realized I had no money in the pockets of my tuxedo.
Fortunately, as we neared the bar I saw the manager of the event center, a man I had worked with on numerous occasions in the past, and quickly introduced Lily to him. As they shook hands – and without missing a beat – I said: “Wouldn’t the Harborside Event Center like to buy Ms. Tomlin a drink?”
What a relief when I heard the reply, “Of course we would!” Whew. I was off the hook. And ever since that near “Laugh-In Disaster Moment” I always keep a bill in my pocket when I’m on the stage with celebrity co-auctioneers.
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|Auction Dates 2012-2013|
|5/9/2013||Harry Chapin Food Bank||Estero|
|5/4/2013||Heart Ball Lee County||Fort Myers|
|4/26/2013||Chamber of Commerce Fort Myers||Fort Myers|
|4/21/2013||JR Achievement Grandezza||Bonita Springs|
|4/20/2013||Canterbury School||Fort Myers|
|4/13/2013||Friends of Foster Care||Naples|
|4/12/2013||Charter School of Cape Coral||Cape Coral|
|4/9/2013||CCA Polk County||Bartow|
|4/7/2013||MS Golf Banquet||Naples|
|3/26/2013||Naples Ballet (Tentative)||Naples|
|3/22/2013||Useppa Museum Gala||Useppa Island|
|3/21/2013||CCA Banquet and Auction Fort Myers||Fort Myers|
|3/19/2013||Naples Opera Port Royal Great Gatsby||Naples|
|3/16/2013||Carrolwood Day School||Tampa|
|3/14/2013||Manatee Co CCA||Stuart|
|3/9/2013||Ohio State Buckeye Club Naples||Naples|
|3/7/2013||Magic Under the Mangroves Gala Conservancy Southwest FL||Naples|
|3/2/2013||Venetian Ball for Catholic Charities||Fort Myers|
|2/23/2013||Southwest Florida Wine and Food Fest||Fort Myers|
|2/18/2013||Martini Glass Auction Naples Philharmonic||Naples|
|2/17/2013||Fiddlesticks Classic Auction||Ft Myers|
|2/16/2013||FGCU Gala||Ft Myers|
|2/15/2013||Fiddlesticks Pipers Auction||Ft Myers|
|2/10/2013||3rd on Canvas||Naples|
|2/9/2013||Actors Theater||Louisville Ky|
|2/2/2013||Jeff Stokes Auction||Palm Beach|
|1/26/2013||Catholic Charities of Sarasota||Sarasota|
|1/19/2013||Seacrest Country Day School||Naples|
|1/18/2013||David Lawrence Foundation||Naples|
|1/9/2013||American Cancer Society||Naples|
|12/3/2012||Art of the Olympians||Fort Myers|
|12/2/2012||Night at the Nest for FGCU||Fort Myers|
|12/1/2012||St John Neumann||Naples|
|11/16/2012||Immokalee Foundation Gala||Naples|
|11/8/2012||Sarasota CCA Banquet and Auction||Sarasota|
|11/3/2012||Angel Ball for Community School of Naples||Naples|
|11/2/2012||Red Snook Fishing Tournament/Auction Conservancy Southwest FL||Naples|
|10/6/2012||Natural High San Diego||San Diego|
|9/27/2012||South Palm||Palm Beach|
|9/13/2012||Space Coast CCA||Melbourne|
|9/8/2012||FARA Energy Ball||Tampa|
|9/1/2012||McFlats Fishing Tournament, Ronald McDonald House||Cape Coral|
|8/23/2012||Rum Runners Celebrity Chef Night||Cape Coral|
|8/16/2012||Love That Dress||Naples|
|3/1/2012||Bucket List Bash for American Cancer Society||Naples|
|2/21/2012||Wine Women and Shoes Cancer Alliance||Naples|