From The New Yorker, May 23, 2016; Talk of the Town, “Lily Tomlin”
She asked if her interlocutor had two dollars, for the Zoltar fortune-telling machine outside Gem Spa.
“Zoltar’s been around a long time,” she said. She fed in the bills, and the machine spat out a yellow ticket.
“Is that it?” Tomlin said, rapping on the glass. “What a rip!”
“For a small fee, Zoltar will give you a wealth of wisdom,” Zoltar said in a booming voice.
The fortune was read aloud: “A happy reunion with a loved one will make life all that you ever wanted it or dreamed it to be. You have a very trusting nature and are easily taken in by so-called friends.”
“My God in Heaven!” Tomlin said.
“Come on, it’s cold,” Paul said.
“Come let Zoltar tell you more,” Zoltar said.