Bruce Vilanch is an American comedy writer, songwriter, and actor. He is a six-time Emmy Award-winner.
Up, across, or diagonal, whatever direction, take Verbal Shenanigans for the win. We get the pleasure tonight to speak with comedy writer Bruce Vilanch. The fun loving, glasses wearing person you see on TV is who we got to enjoy to speak with on the show. Bruce tells how he went from a newspaper critic to a writer for Bette Midler. We chat about the differences In writing for the major awards (Emmy’s, Grammys, Tony’s) to working as an on air personality for the Hollywood Squares. We even had an amusing discussion on him working on the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Bruce is a great talent, and a genuinely good guy.  Have a listen!   We also talk Scott's new love of the stock market, house chores, and hear an amazing story by young Michael Burlew entitled "Inderella".  
Gilbert and Frank welcome an old friend, legendary comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, who looks back at the "golden age" of TV variety shows and specials, including "Donny & Marie," "The Brady Bunch Hour," "The Star Wars Holiday Special" and "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special." (all co-written by Brucehimself). Also, Margaret Hamilton makes her move, Robert Reed channels Carmen Miranda, Jack Benny does "The Match Bit" and Gilbert takes over "Hollywood Squares." PLUS: Jack Palance! Bob Hope's filing cabinet! "Wayne Newton at SeaWorld"! Bruce hangs with Tallulah Bankhead! And the Oscar joke that never made the air! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Creator Details

Nov 23rd, 1948
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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3 hours, 17 minutes
Podchaser Creator ID logo 541566