Bruce! : My Adventures in the Skin Trade and Other Essays

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Hollywood's hotshot humor writer emotes and self-promotes in this hilarious collection of essays, stories, and bits covering everything from the Muppets to Star Wars. 40,000 first printing.

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Bruce Vilanch, whose monthly column "Notes from a Blond" appears in The Advocate, lives in Los Angeles and can be seen nightly on Hollywood Squares.

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Joke-writer Vilanch is known as the man who made Bette Midler funny, who made Billy Crystal beloved as Academy Award emcee and who cracks wise with the best on Hollywood Squares. In this collection of 26 humorous essaysAmany of which have appeared in the AdvocateAVilanch takes aim at the Academy Awards, Donny and Marie Osmond and the Super Bowl. He is a crack shot with these easy targetsAas a writer for an Osmond special, he considered it a "personal triumph" when he had Marie sing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"Abut too often the pieces resemble occasional journalism rather than anything substantial. An interview with Robin Williams while walking around the Castro, San Francisco's gay mecca, raises a few smiles that evaporate quickly. Vilanch is more interesting when he uses humor to address more serious issues: his meditation on why Lana Turner died the same day Hugh Grant was arrested for picking up a working girl is smart and savvy, and his remembrance of actress Elizabeth Montgomery's life and career is moving. His essays on the lack of gay representation in movies (which makes witty use of the Titanic) and the importance of gay pride are also intriguing. But Vilanch has trouble reconciling his funny and serious sides in print, and these pieces, while the most ambitious in the collection, show both his talents and his limitations. Agent, Dan Strone, William Morris Agency. (Sept.)
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