BRUCE VILANCH | Aug 15
Posted by Robert W. McDowell â€¢ August 13th, 2010
FALSTAFFIAN COMEDIAN AND COMEDY WRITER BRUCE VILANCH WILL HEADLINE THE 15TH ANNUAL N.C. GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL
With his Falstaffian figure, his wild hair, and his even wilder stand-up routine, BRUCE VILANCH will headline the 15th Annual North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, produced by The Carolina Theatre of Durham, NC. The outrageously outspoken gay, Jewish comedian and comedy writerâ€™s performance will begin 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13th. It will be preceded by a VIP reception and party for filmmakers and festival sponsors and donors, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Connie Moses Ballroom. (For a complete schedule of events Aug. 12-15, click http://festivals.carolinatheatre.org/ncglff/schedule/.)
According to Bruce Vilanchâ€™s official bio:
â€œBruce Vilanch is a two-faced fella: Bearded, he is one of the most sought-after comedy writers in Hollywood, winner of a bunch of Emmys and noted as the â€˜Hollywood Squareâ€™ just to the left of Whoopi [Goldberg]. Shaved, he spent two years as Edna Turnblad, Baltimore housewife and superstar, on tour and on Broadway in the smash musical adaptation of the John Waters film HAIRSPRAY.
â€œMost recently in 2008, Bruce co-wrote â€˜The Showgirl Must Go Onâ€™ with Bette Midler, which opened at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and has since received rave reviews. And in 2006 Bruce was seen on VH1â€²s popular fitness and nutrition reality-series, â€˜Celebrity Fit Club.â€™ Participating in a type of extreme-makeover-body-edition, the Celebrity Fit Clubbers went through 100 days of Fit Club training. Along the way, they learned about fitness, diets, and nutrition.
â€œWho knows what Bruce will look like for his next performance? In addition to HAIRSPRAY, he has appeared in such legendary epics as ICE PIRATES, MAHOGANY, and THE MORNING AFTER. A frequent guest on talk shows, Bruce won his Emmys for co-writing back-to-back Oscar shows with Billy Crystal. Heâ€™s written 16 Oscar-casts so far, as well as a number of Tonys, Grammys, and even Emmys, although he never got an Emmy for writing an Emmy â€” that would be award-show incest of the lowest order. His bizarre career was documented in the film GET BRUCE!, released by Miramax and perpetually available on Buena Vista Home Video.
â€œBruceâ€™s one-man show, ALMOST FAMOUS, tickled Off-Broadway audiences for three months and has made a number of appearances around the country. He is frequently mistaken for Brad Pitt.â€
The Carolina Theatre presents BRUCE VILANCH at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Burning Coal Theatre in Fletcher Hall, 309 W. Morgan, St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
TICKETS: $27-$37 ($24-$32 member and group rate).
BOX OFFICE: The Carolina Theatre: 888/241-8162 or 919/560-3030 or http://www.carolinatheatre.org/tickets/.
Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000
Bruce Vilanch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Vilanch (Wikipedia), http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=26920 (Jewish Federations of North America, Inc.), http://www.wegotbruce.com/ (fan site), http://www.lortel.org/ (Internet Off-Broadway Database), http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=4613 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0897358/ (Internet Movie Database).
The 15th Annual North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: http://festivals.carolinatheatre.org/ncglff/ (official web page). For a complete schedule of NCGLFF events, click http://festivals.carolinatheatre.org/ncglff/schedule/.