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Bruce Vilanch: How To Write For The Oscars

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

How to Write Jokes for the Academy Awards
By Mike Sacks

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Have you ever wondered how the Academy Awards gets written every year? Bruce Vilanch is the man to ask. Starting as a writer on the broadcast 25 years ago, Vilanch has been the annual show’s head writer since 2000. What he specifically writes varies from host to host, but ultimately, everything you see on the telecast goes through him. Below, in an interview withVanity Fair writer Mike Sacks, Vilanch dishes on trying to make celebrities seem funny, the “cock joke” that Steve Martin refused to tell, and why exactly James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, and David Letterman each bombed as hosts of the Oscars. The conversation is an excerpt from Poking a Dead Frog, Sacks’s new book of interviews with notable comedy writers such as Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, and Adam McKay,which he put together as a follow-up to his similar 2009 collection, And Here’s the Kicker. You can buy the book in bookstores starting June 24, or preorder it here. Read More

Video: Chris DeRose talks one-on-one with comedian Bruce Vilanch

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Chris DeRose talks one-on-one with comedian Bruce Vilanch about his new movie ‘Scrooge & Marley’, as well as the comedy business and his Twitter feud with James Franco.

Feast Of Fun Audio: A Double Date with Bruce Vilanch and Ronnie Kroell

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Feast Of Fun

A Double Date with Bruce Vilanch and Ronnie Kroell

Oct 2, 2012

Today we are thrilled to have two of our favorite guests in the home studio- Bruce Vilanch and Ronnie Kroell. Bruce is best known for his 4 year stint on Hollywood Squares, and as the head writer for the Academy Awards.

The biggest biggest names in comedy, like Billy Crystal, Whoopie Goldberg and Bette Midler turn to Bruce when they need some seriously funny stuff.

And we also have the incredibly handsome Ronnie Kroell, who rocked the best bod in a long time on the cover of Playgirl and stole people’s hearts on Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel.” Read More

Bruce Vilanch Makes Cameo In Film “Going Down”

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

A touching story about a boy, his best friend, and their dreams of stardom, Going Down includes cameos from Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa, and the Petite Flower and Empress of Elvis Impersonators, Judy Tenuta. Stars Matthew Ludwinski and Michael Medico were not on hand, but Andreas and star Allison Lane held a lively Q&A and gave out DVDs to several lucky fans.

Eddie Murphy To Host 84th Oscars – Yes, Bruce Will Be Head Writer

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
Eddie Murphy at Tribeca Film Festival 2010

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Deadline Hollywood
Eddie Murphy Agrees To Host Oscars; Producers Tell Film Academy It’s Official
By NIKKI FINKE Tuesday September 6, 2011 @ 10:47am PDT
EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Murphy In Talks To Host 84th Oscars

UPDATE: The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences just made it official.

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that Eddie Murphy has officially agreed to host the 84th Academy Awards. Today, Oscar producer Brett Ratner is formally telling the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences that he’s chosen Murphy to emcee the Oscars and an announcement will be made. I broke the news over Labor day weekend that Ratner was in talks with Murphy and was going to offer AMPAS President Tom Sherak only the comedian’s name to host. I was told that a lot of big names had approached the other 84th Academy Awards producer Don Mischer saying they are interested in hosting, and Don was fielding those calls. Brett’s talks with Murphy had been along the lines of, “If the Academy asked you to host, would you accept?” I learned that Eddie has now formally said yes. This iscoming months earlier than normal because usually the Oscars host isn’t chosen or announced until January. But everyone is eager to get out the news now. I do know that Murphy’s Hollywood agency WME thinks it’d be a real coup for Murphy’s dormant career which is about to get a kick-start. That’s because the veteran comedian is starring in the Brett Ratner-directed and Imagine/Universal-produced Tower Heist action laugher with Ben Stiller that opens on November 4th and is receiving great buzz. So Murphy and Ratner already have a close relationship, and this would be a way for Brett to put his personal stamp on 2012′s broadcast. Plus Murphy is starring in the DreamWorks dramedy film A Thousand Words scheduled for release on January 12th. Read More

Bruce Vilanch, Carol Channing, Others To Participate In Gay Days At Disneyland

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Mister D: I was just informed that Mr. Vilanch will not be participating in Gay Days at Disneyland this year.

Cover of "Queens in the Kingdom: The Ulti...

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Carol Channing, et al. to Participate in GAY DAYS at Disneyland, 9/30-10/2
by BWW News Desk
September 1, 2011

The 2011 Gay Days at Disneyland are set to take place Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2. For its 14th year, the event is expected to attract more than 30,000 LGBT park-hoppers from California and all over the country.

Newly added to the schedule is An Intimate Conversation With Carol Channing, in which the 90 year-old legend will talk about her life, career and new CD with Eddie Shapiro, co-author of Queens in the Kingdom: The Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Guide to the Disney Theme Parks. The chat will take place at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel on Sunday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. and will benefit the Dr. Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts, whose mission it is to put the arts back into the public schools. Tickets are $20. Read More