Archive for the ‘Podcast’ Category

Go ‘Behind the Curtain’ with the Iconic Bruce Vilanch

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Broadway World
Go ‘Behind the Curtain’ with the Iconic Bruce Vilanch
Behind the Curtain
Sep. 10, 2018

Go 'Behind the Curtain' with the Iconic Bruce Vilanch

He has kept audiences in stitches for over forty years and today its Rob and Kevin’s turn as Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, the man behind the quips heard at the Tonys, Oscars, and Emmys swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his career as a writer, actor, and activist!

Bruce pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Bea Arthur sang Kurt Weill with a wookie, what it was like crafting the Paul Lynde Halloween Special, and why The Vamp might have been the most fabulous musical no one ever saw! Read More

Audio: On Screen & Beyond episode 508 Bruce Vilanch (“Hollywood Squares”)

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

On Screen & Beyond
Audio: On Screen & Beyond episode 508 Bruce Vilanch (“Hollywood Squares”)
August 30, 2018 Read More

Audio: Bruce Vilanch Talks the “golden age” of TV variety shows and specials, “The Star Wars Holiday Special” and “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, ” and more…

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Player FM
Audio: Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast – #220 Bruce Vilanch
By Earwolf and Gilbert Gottfried.
August 13, 2018

Gilbert and Frank welcome an old friend, legendary comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, who looks back at the “golden age” of TV variety shows and specials, including “Donny & Marie,” “The Brady Bunch Hour,” “The Star Wars Holiday Special” and “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.” (all co-written by Bruce himself). Also, Margaret Hamilton makes her move, Robert Reed channels Carmen Miranda, Jack Benny does “The Match Bit” and Gilbert takes over “Hollywood Squares.” PLUS: Jack Palance! Bob Hope’s filing cabinet! “Wayne Newton at SeaWorld”! Bruce hangs with Tallulah Bankhead! And the Oscar joke that never made the air!



Feast Of Fun Podcast: Bruce Vilanch Takes Us Inside the Oscars

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

For over two decades comedian Bruce Vilanch has written some of the best received Academy Awards shows. Although the writing process starts months in advance he really shines when he’s in the hot seat, coming up with funny things for the hosts to say as the show unfolds live. This will be his twenty second year as head writer for the Oscars and Bruce has had to face some tough challenges this year.

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Five Fabulously Insane TV Specials Written by Bruce Vilanch – Feast Of Fun

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Featuring The Star Wars Special, The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, The Brady Bunch Special, The Donny and Marie Show, and Bette Midler!

Podcast: Hear Bruce Vilanch on Feast Of Fun

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

George Lucas commissioned The Star Wars Holiday Special with hopes of keeping the movie fresh in people’s minds while he filmed the Empire Strikes Back. It aired on November 17, 1978 to dismal reviews and is considered by many as one of the most awful and hilarious TV specials of all time.

The special focuses on Chewbacca’s family grunting, moaning, while the featured cast of Star Wars performs unusual acts and well known comedy actors of the time engage in musical numbers.

George Lucas did everything in his power to make sure it was never seen again. But thanks to the internet, you can see the hilarious show anytime!

Today we’re talking to comedy writer and gay legend Bruce Vilanch, who worked as a writer for The Star Wars Holiday Special, and also on many lavish, campy TV specials of the 1970s including The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, The Cher Show, and The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

As Hollywood’s go-to guy for comedy writing, Bruce built a career writing for the Oscars and comedy legends like Bette Midler, Cher, Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin and Joan Rivers.

Listen as Bruce talks to us about the wonderful tacky world of TV specials from the 1970s and he also reveals that there is a documentary on the Star Wars Holiday Special in the works!

Plus Bruce answers all your questions-
Why did Bea Arthur get involved in the Star Wars Holiday Special?
What is it like writing for the Oscars?
What advice does Bruce have for Whoopi on Mel Gibson?
And the secret to Bruce’s longevity in the entertainment business.

You can see Bruce on Sunday, August 15 at the Herbst Theater in San Francsico at Northern California’s largest annual AIDS benefit, “Help is on the Way.”

Buy Bruce Vilanch’s 1999 definitive documentary “Get Bruce!” on DVD on Amazon.

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