When you laugh at something funny that an actor or entertainer has said at an awards show, in an interview or as patter in a concert event -- you likely have this man to thank. Hollywood's secret weapon is exposed in the documentary Get Bruce!
Check out this funny documentary at our upcoming film night at the library:
Get Bruce!(1999), Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-9 p.m., Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
"Vilanch, who didn't emerge from behind the show business scenes until he began appearing regularly on "Hollywood Squares," is the endearing, very funny and utterly unpretentious subject of Andy Kuehn's likable documentary, Get Bruce! If anyone can be said to have reinvented awards-show patter since the days of Bob Hope, it is Vilanch, who over the last decade has regularly stamped his gently campy, carefully naughty signature on the Academy Awards.
But the Oscars are only the tip of the iceberg. Vilanch has also written for the Emmys, for President Clinton's 50th-birthday party and for numerous Hollywood galas. As scenes of him collaborating with Crystal, Williams and others reveal, he is a masterly technician whose special gift is coming up with material so custom-fitted to an individual personality that you barely sense the writer's invisible hand." -- Stephen Holden, New York Times