Actress Lily Tomlin and playwright Jane Wagner will present Carlie & Doni “Help Save the Theatre,” a musical comedy performance hosted by Tomlin at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

The one-hour show is scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 at the playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

All proceeds will benefit the Santa Monica Playhouse Save the Playhouse Campaign, which is raising funds to keep the playhouse doors open and secure a permanent home for the venue in the same location where it has rented for 50 years.

“Help Save the Theatre” features Carlie and Doni, two best friends who met in 2005 at Los Angeles Community College Theater Academy but dropped out after they quickly realized it wasn’t for them. Carlie moved in with Doni and they decided to form a musical/comedy act, writing silly songs and sketches on their own time.

One day in 2007 Carlie’s mom convinced her to sign up for an open mic at the Comedy Store with Doni. They said they weren’t sure how their straight girl/lesbian musical duo would go over, but it went better than they expected. Over the last three years they have developed that 7-minute audition into a one-hour musical comedy extravaganza.

Carlie and Doni recently performed at The Comedy Festival in San Francisco, are regulars at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and this year were a headline attraction at The Improv.

Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Admission includes pre- and post-show receptions.

Tickets are available by calling (310) 394-9779, or by visiting