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Sep 06 2016
Funny Business: An Interview With Bruce Vilanch On The Occasion Of MOTOWN & MORE: On AIDS, Body-Shaming, Eartha Kitt & That Bette Midler Caitlyn Jenner Joke Comments (0)

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When you get an opportunity to interview Bruce Vilanch, one of the most celebrated comedy writers in history and a way-out gay man to boot (and boots go with anything), you do not pass it by.

Vilanch spoke with me last week about a cause close to his heart, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and the great work it does and will continue to do thanks to the bucks it seeks to rake in from a one-night-only Help Is on the Way cabaret benefit: the Broadway touring cast of Beautiful will perform in Motown & More on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco.

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The highly anticipated show will be co-hosted by Vilanch and operatic drag diva Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. Get your tickets here.

Vilanch's career took off when a friendship with Bette Midler (before she was Bette Midler!) led to him writing for her 1974 Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell. He's collaborated with her many times, and has written for a dizzying array of TV shows and performers, from Donny Osmond to Elizabeth Taylor, and for some of the funniest people of our time: Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr (she really did used to be funny), Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and more.

Help Is on the Way performers speak out about the charity:

Somehow, Vilanch has been able to be a part of the best and worst of pop culture, writing for the Oscars for 27 years and counting, and also counting The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976-1977) and that infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) among his credits. He is the nuclear cockroach of HA!, and always the best thing about whatever project he's tackling.

Vilanch survives in any milieu because everyone knows he knows from funny. He's beloved because, unlike some very funny people, he also has a sense of humor about himself, and a sense of duty toward the gay community and people in need.

Read on for my chat with the most hilarious person in the room, because the room is usually filled with people delivering lines he's given them to say ...

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Aug 06 2016
6-PACK — Dressed Them Up + Tonga Totty + Chilean Pipe + Aaron Taylor-Johnson & That Woman + Meth Mayor + Britney's Best & Worst Videos Ever! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureWatch director Gillian Armstrong's very gay doc on the very gay (legendary!) designer Orry-Kelly.

*widget boy cultureShirtless, oiled hottie steals show at Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

*widget boy cultureDibs on this Chilean gymnast—so sexy!

*widget boy cultureHe's going to be Aaron Rettenmund-Johnson eventually: 

*widget boy cultureThree-term Virginia mayor nailed for trading meth for sex with other men.

*widget boy cultureBritney's new song and video are crappy, but her realizing Ryan Seacrest is str8 is sublime.

Jul 29 2016
6-PACK — Harvey Milk's Ship Is Coming In + IDOL's Same-Sex Dalliances + Gay Traitor + Hot Legs + Boxcutter Gay Threats In NYC + Sarah McBride's Big First! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureGay hero Harvey Milk will have a Navy ship named after him!

*widget boy cultureAustralian Idol host talks about kissing guys.

*widget boy cultureGay traitor Milo Yiannapoulos reveals the full depth of his shallowness.

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*widget boy cultureThis guy's legs are wicked-hot!

*widget boy culture2 gay men threatened with boxcutter in NYC.

*widget boy cultureSarah McBride becomes 1st trans person to address a national political convention:

Jul 27 2016
6-PACK — Andy Murray Fitness + Foster The People: Hinckley Freed + Bernie Voters Migrating To Hillary + Banks Spoofs Trump + O'Reilly Says Slaves WELL-FED + Trump Won't Release Taxes! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureIf I buy a mag to look like Andy Murray, it better not say, “Be born to his parents!” inside.

*widget boy cultureReagan's would-be assassin Hinckley gains freedom during DNC week. Swear there's no connection.

*widget boy cultureMost Bernie voters will become Hillary voters, enthusiastically or not.

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Banks hilariously spoofs Donald Trump's narcissistic RNC entrance.

*widget boy cultureO'Reilly says slaves who built White House were “well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government.”

*widget boy cultureThe final word on Donald Trump's taxes: He will not release them. Period. Should be disqualifying. 

Where Everybody Knows You're Gay Comments (0)

You'll never hear the Cheers theme song quite the same way after hearing this version!

The artist, k anderson, wisely left out the largely unknown original lyric about your husband wanting to be a girl.

Jul 23 2016
6-PACK — Ted Cruz Was Right (-Wing) + Trump Buries The Hatchet In Cruz + Munich Terror Slayings + Ginger Guy + Principally Homophobic + Rihanna To Get Stabbed, Stabbed, Stabbed, Stabbed, Stabbed! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary praises Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse Donald Trump: 

*widget boy cultureTrump gets what he thinks is revenge against Cruz by perpetuating myth that Cruz's dad helped kill JFK. No, really.

*widget boy cultureLone terrorist in Munich goes on rampage in mall, kills nine, self.

*widget boy cultureNaked came the ginger. (Work Unfriendly) 

*widget boy cultureFlorida principal of secular school announces on social media he thinks gays should be put to death.

*widget boy cultureRihanna will recreate the role originated by Janet Leigh in the upcoming season of Bates Motel.


Jul 20 2016
Dance Fever Comments (0)

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Um, this looks like it was a whole lotta fun: The 1979 Disco Dance World Finals ...

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Jul 18 2016
6-PACK — Honoring Orlando + Kimye/Swift Feud Goes Nuclear + Trump Implies Obama's Secretly Okay With Cop-Killing + Journey Sucks + Animated Gay 'Rents + Dahmer Doll! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureDirector Matthew Richardson pays tribute to the Orlando victims and LGBT freedom in moving dance video.

*widget boy cultureIs Kim Kardashian Taylor Swift-boating Miss Perfect over barely-Top-40 “Famous” brouhaha? Taylor hotly denies claim she's a liar.

*widget boy cultureTrump tries to imply that President Obama's body language suggests he isn't anti-police murder. Seriously.

*widget boy cultureList of musical acts dead to me grows: Et tu, Journey?

*widget boy cultureNickelodeon will introduce a gay couple in a new animated show.

*widget boy cultureAdorable Ross Lynch will play deplorable Jeffrey Dahmer.

CreditJoeMagnaniMe with Ross (Image by Joe Magnani)