Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Tribune’

Oscar funnyman to show: play up envelope mess, not harassers

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

WRAL
Oscar funnyman to show: play up envelope mess, not harassers
February 15, 2018
By LYNN ELBER

LOS ANGELES — Put comedy writer Bruce Vilanch on the spot by asking if he has a political gag suitable for the Oscars, and he makes a game try.

“There’s probably a joke in Trump buying three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Vilanch said, “because that’s all he does is publicize himself. So it seems to me you have a nice, clean shot on the ninth hole.”

He doesn’t have to sweat polishing the riff on best-picture nominee “Three Billboards.” While he’s crafted one-liners for hosts and presenters for 23 Oscar shows, he’ll be watching comfortably at home and with Koosh balls at the ready. Read More

Bruceback August 16, 1991: Bruce Goes It Alone

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Daily Herald Suburban Chicago
August 16, 1991

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Bruce Vilanch, the so-called “Comedian for the Stars” who cut his dramatic teeth at Ohio State University and later in Chicago before making the trek to the coast, will bring his stand-up act to Zanies in Mount Prospect Thursday through Aug. 24.

Primarily a comedy writer and a lyricist. Vilanch has six Emmys under his substantial belt and has written for such heavyweights as Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin. Billy Crystal, Burt Reynolds and Whoopi Goldberg. Read More

R.I.P. Chuck Collins & The UnderGround News

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Chicago Tribune

August 5, 2010

by Phil Rosenthal

Award-winning investigative reporter Chuck Collins, who first made a name for himself as host of WSNS-Ch. 44’s ground breaking “Underground News” in 1970, has died, the trade paper Variety reported this week.

Collins reportedly died after a lengthy illness in Scottsdale, Ariz., on July 9 at age 60. Chicago Tribune archival material suggests he might have been 61.

The late 1970s was a boom time for Chicago television investigations and Collins was at the forefront before moving on to NBC News, where he worked on programs such as 1983-84’s “First Camera.” Read More