Posts Tagged ‘comedy’


Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Oscar audiences will know Bruce Vilanch’s hysterical, Emmy Award-winning writing for hosts Billy Crystal, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and other hosts for more than 20 years. He’s written many other award shows, television series, and variety specials. His stand-up comedy routine draws on his years of being a Hollywood insider.

Judy Gold is also an Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian, best known as the star of her two critically acclaimed, long-running Off-Broadway hit shows, including “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.” Read More

Bruce Vilanch To Play The Adventura Arts & Cultural Center October 5th

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Broadway World
Industry Insider
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk Jul. 27, 2018

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Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Announces 2018-19 Season. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura.

Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at, by phone at 877.311.7469 or 954.462.0222, or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call 954.660.6307.

Please note that not all shows scheduled for the 2018-19 season are currently on sale and additional performances will be added throughout the season. Print quality images of select performances from the upcoming season, representing all genres, may be downloaded at

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-square-foot, 330-seat waterfront complex that hosts performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages.

Performance Schedule at a Glance Page 2

Aventura International Film Series Page 4

Broadway Concert Series and Theater Page 7

Classical Music Page 10

Comedy and Variety Page 12

Concerts and Popular Music Page 17

Dance Page 22

Family Entertainment Theater Page 24

NSU Lifelong Learning Institute Speaker Series Page 27

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center 2018-19 Season

Oct. 5 Bruce Vilanch: Click Here For Ticket Information & Tickets

Oct. 6-7 Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida: Firebird, Le Spectre de la Rose, Pentimento

Oct. 9 Aventura International Film Series: English Vinglish

Oct. 14 Yamandu Costa

Oct. 19 The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

Oct. 19 The Long Run-Eagles Tribute

Oct. 20 Giggle, Giggle Quack

Oct. 20 Three Hysterical Broads Off Their Medication

Oct. 23-28 Menopause the Musical

Nov. 2 New World Dance Ensemble

Nov. 3 Luis Chataing-Nuevamente (Spanish language)

Nov. 4 Aventura Marketing Council Young Stars Showcase

Nov. 6 Aventura International Film Series: The Cakemaker

Nov. 10 Bobby Collins

Nov. 13 NSU Lifelong Learning Institute Speaker Series:

Charles Zelden, PhD – A Postmortem of the 2018 Midterm Elections

Nov. 17 Top of the World-A Carpenters Tribute Featuring Debbie Taylor

Nov. 18 Miami International Piano Festival: Francesco Libetta

Nov. 29-Dec. 2 Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Dec. 4 Aventura International Film Series: The Divine Order

Dec. 7-9 Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida: The Nutcracker

Dec. 16 Jake Ehrenreich’s A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs

Dec. 22 Sarge’s Chanukah Chutzpah Tour…Kiss My Mezuzah

Dec. 29-30 Steve Solomon’s Home for the Holidays

Jan. 3-4 Forbidden Broadway

Jan. 5 Mary Gaines Bernard Celebrates the Life and Music of Donna Summer

Jan. 12 Mike Super: Magic & Illusion

Jan. 13 Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner

Jan. 15 Aventura International Film Series: The Guilty

Jan. 18 Judy Gold

Jan. 20 Miami International Piano Festival: Julien Libeer

Jan. 23-24 An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu

SURGE OF POWER: REVENGE OF THE SEQUEL Available Now On Blu-Ray, DVD And VOD With Bruce Vilanch

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Horror Society
Cinema’s First Out Gay Superhero Faces His Greatest Challenge
by BlacktoothMar 20, 2018, 10:14 am



Surge of Power Enterprises and Indie Rights are proud to announce the Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release of the long-anticipated sequel to the groundbreaking and lighthearted superhero movie Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes. Following a national theatrical rollout, Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel is also now available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and YouTube Rentals. Additional platforms including iTunes and Vudu will soon follow.Creator Vincent J. Roth returns to the cape-clad title role of Surge, cinema’s first out gay superhero. Roth is joined by a star-studded cast representing the forces of good and evil including “Star Trek” alums Nichelle Nichols and Robert Picardo, comedian Bruce Vilanch, “SuperFriends!” Wonder Woman Shannon Farnon, Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, The Exorcist’s Linda Blair, “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” star Gil Gerard and the original Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno. The award-winning film has screened at festivals and conventions across the globe, taking home prizes for Best Comedy, Best Villain, Best Special Effects and Most Inspirational Lead Character.

Surge’s nemesis, the Metal Master, is out of jail and trying to reconcile with his estranged parents (Blair, Gerard) and tempted to continue a life of crime by Augur (Roberts), archnemesis of the wise Omen (Nichols, Picardo).  Augur sends Metal Master to Las Vegas for mysterious crystals.  Needing more crime fighting help, Surge activates the artificial intelligence in the Surgemobile (Vilanch, Farnon). Augur emerges from the shadows back in Big City, causing Omen to step into the fray, which alerts The Council, a supervillain cabal bent on world domination.  Facing more enemies than ever before, Surge must do whatever it takes to save mankind.

Order Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel on Blu-ray (Amazon) Read More

Judy Gold Discusses Partnering Up With Bruce Vilanch (For Comedy, Folks, Geesh!) And Other Topics

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Milford Mirror
Judy Gold discusses comedy partnership
By Arts & Leisure on January 25, 2018


When you’re talking comedy greats today, Judy Gold is truly worthy of her last name. Whether it was as writer and producer of the Rosie O’Donnell show, starring in two acclaimed Off Broadway one-woman shows (“The Judy Show — My Life as a Sitcom” and “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother”) or just the nearly 25 years she has been doing standup, the comedian delivers a gold-medal performance at every turn.

On Jan. 27, Gold will be teaming with fellow NSFW (not safe for work) comedian Bruce Vilanch for a show at the Ridgefield Playhouse titled “Big and Small.” Gold spoke with us about her upcoming show and getting her start in standup.

Keith Loria: Preview a little of what we can expect from you on the night.

Judy Gold: I’ll be ranting and going off on how much I hate everyone, which seems to be the theme of my act now. It’s going to be a really fun night.

KL: How do you and Bruce complement each other on stage?

JG: I love doing this show. Bruce is like a joke machine. He has worked with everyone and he knows stuff about all of them. It’s really fun to hear about Hollywood from someone who has made other people look funny for so long. We are so different. He tells these incredible stories about Hollywood, and I’m just me. I think we really complement each other and are funny in different ways. We’ve known each other for years.

KL: With such different styles, why did you think the pairing would work?

JG: We’re both gay, both Jews and both large! We’re both from New Jersey and were both very close with our mothers. There’s just a kinship. We just had an immediate connection.

KL: How did you know that comedy was something you wanted to do with your life?

JG: I knew I would never be happy if I didn’t follow my dream. Yet, I come from the most conservative family when it comes to risk taking. My father was a tax attorney, my mother a secretary, my sister is in insurance and my brother is a CPA. To them, my dream was crazy.

KL: You came up through the comedy ranks alongside notable comics like Ray Romano and Wanda Sykes. What was it like back then? Read More

“An Evening with Bruce Vilanch” Saturday, Aug. 31, Los Gatos

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013
A wacky night at the JCC with Oscars joke-meister Bruce Vilanch
by dan pine, j. staff

4-27-2013 4-01-43 AM

Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch is normally not a praying man. But backstage at the Academy Awards, for which he has long served as head writer, he often gets religion.

“You pray that somebody will make a fool of themselves in the early minutes of the evening,” Vilanch says of the unpredictable live telecast, “then you take it and run with it.”

The classic example came during the 1992 Oscars, when Jack Palance celebrated his Best Supporting Actor win by doing a few one-armed push-ups. That sparked a night of priceless quips from host Billy Crystal, many written on the fly by Vilanch (“Jack Palance just bungee-jumped off the Hollywood Sign”).

With his Elton John eyewear, kooky T-shirts and trademark blond tresses on display, Vilanch might recount that story in delicious detail when he appears Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos. The event is billed as “An Evening with Bruce Vilanch.”

Avilanch_bruce_vilanch_normal_sizeAs this JCC performance shows, Vilanch is not just a behind-the-scenes funny man. He starred in a Broadway revival of “Hairspray” and currently stars in an off-Broadway hit, “Rubble.” He’s acted in films and for many years he was a familiar X and O on “Hollywood Squares.”

But his role as a writer for awards shows such as the Oscars and Emmys has given him his widest notoriety. Somehow, in a town famous for eating its young, Vilanch has lasted 23 years at the Oscars, serving up jokes for hosts great (Billy Crystal) and not so great (James Franco).

The New Jersey native credits the great Jewish comedians of old for his sharp wit. “I was exposed to so many of them as a kid,” Vilanch recalls. “I was a rabid fan of Henny Youngman and Alan King.”

He also salutes his mother, who was a master quipster like her son.

Vilanch tells the story of how his mom used to keep the living room furniture covered in plastic most of the time. Eventually she decided to reupholster the well-preserved pieces, and when Vilanch asked her why, she replied, “I’m telling people it’s because Sonny Bono died.”

The Vilanch family belonged to a local Conservative synagogue. Little Bruce attended Hebrew School three times a week, was a member of United Synagogue Youth, and was bar mitzvahed.

After college he gave journalism a try, but when Bette Midler met him in 1970 and offered him a job writing jokes for her, the comedy die was cast, and a lifelong personal and professional relationship began.

A move to Los Angeles led to staff writer positions on variety shows, and hired-gun joke-writing jobs with stars such as Lily Tomlin and Joan Rivers.

He made his premiere as an Oscar writer in 1989, eventually becoming head writer in 2000. Once asked if he wanted to keep working on the show after so long, he replied, “It’s the greatest show on Earth. It’s like asking somebody ‘Hey, would you like to play in the Super Bowl?’ ”

Long before it was cool or commonplace, Vilanch, who is gay, was a major activist for LGBT rights. He says the social progress made on that front in the last two years has been “absolutely staggering.”

But now he has turned his attention to Russia, which recently instituted harsh anti-gay laws and has seen an uptick in anti-gay violence.

Says Vilanch, “All of a sudden comes [Russian president] Vladimir Putin, fresh from a midnight reading of ‘Mein Kampf,’ and he decides to make gay people the new scapegoat in Russia.”

It’s a rare solemn moment for Vilanch, who prefers to make light of most situations.

And though he’s far from the first person to note the long, powerful link between Jews and comedy, Vilanch has his own theory as to why it’s been such a fruitful association.

“Any people who are oppressed find humor as a way to deal with it,” he says. “African Americans have, gay people have. It’s a common thread, and the Jews are really good at it.”

“An Evening with Bruce Vilanch” takes place 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. $15-$20. or (408) 358-3636.

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.