Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bruce Vilanch

Today on my KMOX show, I talked with comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, who you may have seen at the Fox Theater in 2004 as Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray," or as one of the celebs on "Hollywood Squares," or as the subject of the documentary "Get Bruce!"

We talked about all of those things and a few from his showbiz past, including the legendarily bad 1978 "Star Wars Holiday Special," and the never-produced screenplay he wrote for close friend John Belushi just before his death.

Bruce is one of the go-to comedy writers in Hollywood, having worked on projects for all sorts of people -- some credited, many not -- and has worked often with my friend Jon Macks writing awards shows (he has two Emmys for writing Oscars telecasts).

Bruce is coming to St. Louis to headline a fundraiser for the Anti-Defamation League on October 10th.

Listen.