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The Out 100’s Queer Kevin Bacons: Bruce Vilanch & Jane Lynch
by Staff, | Article Date: 11/24/2008 12:00 AM
The Out 100’s Queer Kevin Bacons: Bruce Vilanch & Jane Lynch

Like Kevin Bacon, comedians Jane Lynch and Bruce Vilanch have starred in so many movies and theater productions with so many of the Hollywood elite either of them could easily be used as a hub to connect every star in Tinseltown. But unlike Kevin, these two comedians have earned an honor that — due to his crippling heterosexuality — will never be bestowed upon Mr. Bacon: they’re both 2008 Out 100 honorees.

Having written for just about every awards show imaginable, played Hairspray’s Edna Turnblad on Broadway, and appeared as a comic mainstay on the new Hollywood Squares, Bruce Vilanch (above left) out-gayed himself this year by writing Bette Midler’s Las Vegas extravaganza The Showgirl Must Go On, crafting the zingers for the 80th Academy Awards telecast, and costarring in Tru Loved, a sweetly queer coming-out tale that premiered this fall.

Her hilarious turn as the butch lesbian dog trainer in Best in Show was just the tip of the comic iceberg for Jane Lynch (above right), a very busy actress with an astounding 20-plus projects in 2008. Since her recurring role in The L Word and parts in a string of Christopher Guest ensemble comedy films, Lynch has starred in Space Chimps, The Rocker, and Tru Loved. Her upcoming projects include Julie and Julia, Nora Ephron’s biopic on Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep); Role Models with Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd; and The Post Grad Survival Guide with her lifelong idol Carol Burnett.

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