Writer for every TV function and dysfunction imagineable
Bruce Vilanch, an otherwise unassuming blond from Paterson, New Jersey, has written for every television function and dysfunction imaginable, including the Quadruple Crown of Awards Shows: The Oscars (this year's), The Emmys (this year's), The Tonys (this year's), The Grammys (not this year's). In fact, he co-wrote the last eight Oscar telecasts, winning consecutive Emmys for two of the Billy Crystal shows. In addition, six of his other shows have won Emmys as outstanding variety programs of their respective years. He has also written the Daytime Emmys, People's Choice, American Comedy Awards, CableACE Awards, SAG Awards, World Music Awards, Ford's Theatre Presidential Galas and the Comic Relief telethons that air every year or so. He has co-written all of Bette Midler's stage and television appearances (except Gypsy, natch) as well as the Broadway concert appearances of Peter Allen, Michael Feinstein, Diana Ross, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (in several incarnations) and the luminous flop musical PLATINUM, which starred Alexis Smith.
Among the people for whom he has created shows and/or special material are Lily Tomlin, Shirley MacLaine, George Carlin, Ann-Margret, Michael Crawford, Nell Carter, Joel Grey, Angela Lansbury, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Cher, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Donny and Marie (!) and others who have requested much deserved anonymity. He has also had his fingers in more pilots than the American Airlines staff proctologist.
As an actor, he has been featured prominently in the TV-Movie IT NEARLY WASN'T CHRISTMAS (opposite Charles Dorning), THE MORNING AFTER (opposite Jane Fonda), MAHOGANY (opposite Diana Ross), BOSOM BUDDIES (opposite Tom Hanks) and the immortal ICE PIRATES (opposite Anjelica Houston and a Space Herpie). As lyricist, he is the owner of several gold records courtesy of Eartha Kitt ("Where Is My Man?) and as a sitdown comic he has appeared at Caroline's, the Gardenia, Reno Sweeney, Mister Kelly's and other watering holes.
Formerly a feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, he can now be found once a month in the pages of the Advocate as author of a column entitled,"Notes From A Blond". Otherwise, he is generally occupied with one benefit or another, most of them for AIDS-related causes or Jewish or gay (or Jewish and gay) issues or groups, although he will furnish a list of other diseases, political stands and ethnic persuasions upon request.