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Lily Tomlin telephone operator


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Ernestine, the Telephone Operator – Celebrity pseudonym of comedienne Lily Tomlin when she portrayed “Ernestine, the telephone operator” on the comedy variety program ROWAN AND MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN/NBC/1968-73. Seated behind an antique switchboard, looking like a fourth Andrew Sister, Ernestine played havoc with the Phone Company customer. Unofficially, her motto might be “Reach out and BUG someone.” As she waited for her phone call to go through to her customers, she listened to the phone ringing at the other end of the line and counted “one ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy….” When someone answered, she nasally continued with “A gracious good morning to you…Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?” From then on, all “Bell” broke loose as Ernestine abused her phone customers, intermittently laughing like a pig (snort! snort!).

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