Friday, August 3, 2012

Whoopie Goldberg and Bruce Vilanch to Appear One Night Only in Provinceown - This Week's Hot Ticket

Town Hall poster announces appearance of
these two comedy legends this Sunday night
We all know Whoopie Goldberg from various performances in movies, on television, on Broadway and for a host of other displays of her talent as an actor, MC, producer, and as a comedienne extraordinaire. She is one of just a handful of entertainers to have garnered an Emmy as well as a Grammy, a Tony (as producer) and an Oscar. In fact, make that two Emmys, and throw in four People's Choice Awards, a British Academy Film Award and a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame.
And we all know Bruce Vilanch, too, whether we know it or not. He has written the majority of witty remarks and bon mots you've heard come from the mouths of nearly every host or presenter at the Academy Awards over the years, and probably on any other award show, celebrity roast or TV comedy special you can name.
Vilanch was the subject of a feature-length documentary called Get Bruce, which was spotlighted in the Provincetown International Film Festival a few years back, showing us so many of the nation's biggest stars calling him for a quick line or a zinger they could plug into their various appearances on numerous award shows and celebrity roasts over the years. He is the go-to-guy for quick wit and snappy remarks for any gathering frequented by the Hollywood elite. Once he had visited us to do Q & A following screenings of the documentary, he began making occasional comedy appearances of his own on PTown stages during the summers, and his is always among the funniest performances of the season.
Whoopie and Bruce appeared together some time back on television, when both of their extremely quick wits bounced off of each other in a brisk, comic staccato which considerably raised the entertainment quotient on the Hollywood Squares, which Goldberg was producing at the time. The two will appear together again at Town Hall, at 260 Commercial Street, for one night only, in two shows on Sunday evening, August 5th, with a show at 7 PM and another at 9:30. I'm told that each will do a solo performance at both shows, appearing side by side at the end of each show to interact together and to take questions from the audience.
Tickets are $75 for general admission and $125 for VIP seating, and can be found in a kind of make-shift box office at the top of the stairs at Town Hall, or you can get tickets online. This promises to be one of the great shows of Provincetown's 2012 summer season, and is TheYearRounder's pick for this week's Hot Ticket.

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