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Bruce Vilanch: Cause For Jubilation

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

by Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave‚ May. 02‚ 2014

4-27-2013 4-16-42 AM

Bruce Vilanch‘s sparks will bring laughs to the Eureka Theatre with delightful, tuneful and captivating music. And of course, the Talented Show Stopper Vilanch will probably give out gang buster ditties. And we are talking high quality here. Believe in me – it will be unbridled Joy.

You can expect double entendres and many hearty chuckles and guffaws along with raucous, funny romps. And as he always has been – he will will be bouncy and spirited. Take my word for it. Read More

Bruce Vilanch on WBAZ (with Walker Vreeland)

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Walker talks with six-time Emmy Award winning comedy writer and performer Bruce Vilanch. June, 2012.

Bruce Vilanch Headlines N. LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

North Shreveport KSLA
Comedian Bruce Vilanch to headline N. LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Submitted by Sean Staggs, Digital Media Manager
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011, 9:06am
Topics: Arts & Culture, Community Spirit, Events

Festival passes are now on sale for the 3rd annual North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival to be held September 16-22, 2011, at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport, LA, with celebrity guest Bruce Vilanch. The film festival is sponsored by PACE, “People Acting for Change and Equality.” Read More

Bruce Vilanch To Be Celebrity Guest At The PACE Annual Film Festival

Saturday, August 6th, 2011
Shreveport Times

PACE announces third annual film festival

People Acting for Change and Equality’s 3rd Annual North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is set for Sept. 16-22 at the Robinson Film Center

7:23 PM, Aug. 5, 2011

People Acting for Change and Equality’s third annual North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is set for Sept. 16-22 at the Robinson Film Center.

This year’s celebrity guest will be Bruce Vilanch, a six-time Emmy winner and one of Hollywood‘s most sought-after comedy writers, best known as a celebrity panelist and head writer for “Hollywood Squares.” Read More

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

Friday, July 15th, 2011
colour portrait Carol Channing

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Modern Tonic
July 7, 2011

The best documentaries are the ones that tell stories so extraordinary that you wouldn’t believe them if they were fiction. And Carol Channing: Larger than Life captures the outrageously fascinating life of one of Broadway’s greatest legends. Channing took to the stage in grammar school, where she performed dead-on impersonations of all her teachers, and never really left again. From her stage triumphs in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Hello, Dolly!” to her late-in-life reunion with her high-school sweetheart, Channing’s life in the theater makes for one of the year’s most bubbly cinematic delights. Featuring rarely-seen clips plus testimonials from Chita Rivera, Barbara Walters, Bruce Vilanch, and her chorus of “Dolly boy” dancers, Larger than Life lives up to its titles. Read More

Interview: Bruce Vilanch performs May 7 in Queens

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Queensboro Chronicles
Bruce Vilanch: king of the funny business
by Mark Lord , qboro contributor

He’s long been the go-to man for anyone in show business in need of a funny line. He’s probably even made you laugh, though you may not know it. The often clever sometimes crass words of Bruce Vilanch have been uttered by everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to James Franco.
Yes, Franco, whose recent stint as co-host of the Academy Awards didn’t exactly leave anyone rolling in the aisles.
“It was difficult to try to make him a sparkling host when it’s not his natural inclination,” Vilanch, 62, admitted in a recent telephone interview from Los Angeles, which has been his home since 1975.
But Vilanch and the actor, better known for more serious undertakings, have apparently forgiven each other for everything — including a Twitter spat spawned after some bad press.
“I’ve gotten rave reviews and hideous reviews for the Oscar shows,” Vilanch said, and often for the same one — he’s written more than 20 in all.
In 1991, the year Jack Palance won as best supporting actor, Vilanch was in his element. When the then 73-year-old Palance dropped to the floor in celebration to knock off some one-armed push-ups, Vilanch and his fellow writers found themselves in the wings rewriting the show, tossing the old jokes and putting in some new Jack Palance jokes. Pure comedy gold and one of Vilanch’s several Emmy Awards were the result of the endeavor.
Adopted when he was four days old, Vilanch was raised in New Jersey. “My family still lives there except in the winter when they’re in Boca,” he said.
“There are always reasons to be back in New York. Astoria has become the chorus boy capital of the world. The N train is now called the ‘Gypsy Rush,’” he joked.
He recalled that as a child he visited the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, the site of his upcoming show. “I went for the Belgian waffles … A breakfast snack all day long,” the amply proportioned Vilanch said. On May 7, the comedian will bring his life story to the Queens Theatre in the Park stage for one night only.
Though he loves New York, the West Coast denizen has no plans to leave sunny Southern California, “I love the weather,” he said. If anyone doesn’t like the lifestyle out there, he tells them, “Please leave — more parking space for Bruce.”
In his show, which he dubs “a sit-down comedy,” he will regale audiences with inside stories “about the crazy people who are in show business.”
His opening act, the Bev Leslies, are a soulful band who cover a wide range of music. He met them thanks to his ongoing association with Bette Midler.
“I’ve worked with her for 40 years,” he said. “And she’s only 32.”
Early in his career, Vilanch focused primarily on writing, a discipline he described as “very private. You have to set a schedule for yourself. When I’m writing what I like, I get into the zone. When I sit down and focus, it comes naturally. Is it because panic is the mother of invention?”
Since appearing on the revised edition of television’s popular game show “Hollywood Squares” in the 1990s, he’s added more frequent gigs to his schedule.“You get instant gratification when you’re performing,” he said.
He described his Broadway debut in 2005 as Edna Turnblad, one of the stars of the musical “Hairspray,” as a career highlight, along with “watching Bette Midler ascend” and writing the Oscars.
Vilanch recalled watching the Oscars as a child in a bathrobe, knowing he was destined for a career in show business. “From the time I was a little kid, I was totally struck,” he said. Luckily, he had a supportive mother who encouraged everything he did. “She has great timing. I imitate her a lot,” he said.
“I once got her a part as a dead body on ‘Law and Order,’ but she declined because it cost too much to join the union.”
Vilanch is known for sporting tight fitting T-shirts bearing slogans replete with double entendres, a practice that began because “when you have a body like this, you have to show it off.” In truth, he did it originally as an act of rebelliousness against his fastidious mother, but soon found the style suited his career.
What question, if any, does he wish he would be asked? Ever topical, the openly gay Vilanch quipped, “‘Are rumors about you and Prince William true?’ But why would they ask that?” Read More