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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

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

The Star Wars Holiday Special – Best of Clips (1978)
Here are some of the best moments from this truly bizarre television spectacle.

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special – Ole Black Magic (1976)
Florence Henderson sings a disco version of Ole Black Magic, with back up dancers wearing backwards masks.

The Brady Bunch Variety Hour – Disco Medley (1977)
How many songs can they squeeze into a 5 minute medley? Where did Eve Plumb go?

Donny and Marie – Everybody Dance Opening Number and Sketch (1977)
I always thought Donny was so cute and handsome, but it unnnerved me how he always threatened his sister with bodily harm.

The Bette Midler Show – Lullaby of Broadway (1976)
The woman who discovered Bruce Vilanch.

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.

To Hear The Podcast: CLICK HERE

Feast Of Fun: Ask Bruce Anything On July 20th

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Feast Of Fun
Ask Bruce Vilanch Anything
July 19, 2010

At 4pm central tomorrow we’re talking to the wonderful Bruce Vilanch, Hollywood’s go-to comedy writer, best known for his appearances on seasons 1-4 of the revamped Hollywood Squares, along with Whoopi Goldberg.

For many years Bruce worked as the head comedy writer for the Tonys and the Oscars, and is loved by many in the entertainment industry for his work as a writer for Bette Midler, Cher, Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin and Joan Rivers.

In the late 70s Bruce was hired by George Lucas to write the Star Wars Holiday Special, considered one of the most cringe-worthy and unintentionally hilarious TV specials of all time, mostly because it put the Star Wars characters in unusual situations, including Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia singing the “Life Day” song.

Over twenty years after its initial airdate, the Holiday Special has become a much-treasured bootleg video that most die-hard fans have in their collection. We’re talking to Bruce about his work as a writer, working with all the comedy greats and of course the Star Wars Holiday Special. What were they thinking?

Ask Bruce Vilanch anything!
– Here’s a great interview with Bruce Vilanch by Combustible Celluloid.

Bruce Vilanch will be apearing with Carol Channing and Carole Cook at “Help is on the Way,” Northern California’s largest annual AIDS benefit concert on Sunday Auguest 15 at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.