Comedian Lily Tomlin - who turns 77 today - rarely takes a break from work, even when she's killing time before interviews. Jimmy Kimmel found out about Tomlin's workaholism the hard way when he discovered she had set up a medical marijuana dispensary in her dressing room at the Hollywood studio shooting his live talkshow.
The bit began with Kimmel entering the stage without the usual musical accompaniment to start his show. When his producer tells him the band is hanging out in Lily Tomlin's dressing room, Kimmel soon finds her bud-tending at a pop-up pot shop backstage.
"I'm selling weed," the comedian said while offering strains called "Dank Sinatra" and "Weedrow Wilson" to his camera crew and stagehands, as well as the band. When Kimmel ordered her to shut down the operation, Tomlin got his staff and the studio audience to chant "Jimmy sucks."
The sketch was actually staged to promote her show Grace and Frankie (2015-present), in which Tomlin plays a hippie art teacher who likes to have a puff now and then - to the dismay of her straight-laced friend played by Jane Fonda.
In real life, Tomlin says she rarely touches cannabis. Rarely, but certainly not never. In a recent interview, Tomlin revealed that she's smoked cannabis in the past but doesn't use it often because her sober state of mind is the equivalent of being high.
"I’ve smoked on and off over the years," Tomlin told The Daily Beast in 2015. "I like uppers more than something soporific that makes you a little mellow. But I don’t take anything anymore. Recreationally, I mean. I never 'took it' or was addicted to and used it every day at all. I do know people who smoked every day and did stuff like that. I’m too wacky and nutty and foggy anyway. I don’t need to get too blissed out. I do like uppers though, but I don’t do that anymore. I never took those regularly, either. I was too interested in working and being. I might do it with friends hanging out. But it has to be a special mood or a special occasion. Oh my, I’m telling you everything."
Her naturally high personality could explain how she's developed so many wacky characters. The best yet could be Frankie from her Netflix series. Check it out.
Banner Image: Lily Tomlin at a 2016 event in California. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)