Bruce Vilanch and Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips IV


SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019  


Doors open at 7:00pm, show at 8pm

375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco (near Harrison)

Proceeds benefit 
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and REAF.     

Performance Director: Damien Beard

Production Director: Emily Schreck

Artistic Director: Leanne Borghesi

Executive Producers: Ken Henderson & Joe Seiler


DNA Lounge:



Bruce Vilanch

Comedy writer

One of the most sought-after jokesmiths in the entertainment industry, Bruce Vilanch has become a recognizable face in his own right, thanks to the feature-length documentary “Get Bruce!” (1999) and his stint as a regular on “Hollywood Squares” (1998- ), for which he also serves as head writer. Known for his eclectic eyewear and collection of unique T-shirts, he began as a child model for Lane Bryant, but when his initial efforts as an actor came to naught, he became an entertainment writer for the Chicago Tribune instead. Impressed by his review of her cabaret performance in 1970, Bette Midler hired him to punch up her act, and he later moved to Los Angeles where he wrote for variety shows like the original “Donny and Marie” and “The Brady Bunch Hour” (both ABC) and provided material for Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin and Joan Rivers. He has maintained his connection with Midler through the years, working on such projects as the feature “Divine Madness” (1980) and the TV special “Bette Midler–Diva Las Vegas” (HBO, 1997), as well as writing for her sitcom “Bette!” (CBS, 2000- ).<br /> <br /> Vilanch began contributing to Academy Awards telecasts in 1989, collaborating with the likes of Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and David Letterman, and graduated to head writer in 2000. The Whoopi connection led to his providing the notorious material Ted Danson performed in blackface at a certain 1993 Friars Club roast of his then-girlfriend Goldberg, but his resume also includes “You Made Me Watch You”, the touching Emmy-winning valedictory Midler crooned as a send-off to Johnny Carson. He made his feature debut as a dress manufacturer in “Mahogany’ (1975), starring Diana Ross (to whose act he also contributed), and put his Muppet-like persona to excellent use as Santa’s number one helper in the syndicated TV-movie “It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas” (1989). On the heels of “Get Bruce!”, Vilanch performed his comedy stylings Off-Broadway in “Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous” (2000).


Maureen McVerry Interview

Today’s special guest Maureen McVerry has been a fixture of entertainment here in the San Francisco Bay Area for well over 3 decades. She is the winner of 7 SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards (SFBATCC) and 2 Dramalogue Awards. McVerry’s film credits include Nine Months, The Dead Pool, Big Business, True Believer, Howard the Duck ,The Ox and the Eye and Crackers. On TV, Full House and Divorce Court.

In 1993 Maureen McVerry created VERRY McVERRY her ever evolving Cabaret Show and has performed it for 25 years. In SF she has performed at OASIS, Feinstein’s, the New Conservatory Theatre, the Herbst theatre, the Plush Room, the Venetian Room, the Gateway Theatre and the Alcazar. VERRY MCVERRY has also been performed at 88s in NYC and the Gardenia Room in LA and at other venues nationally. (2012 nominated for Best Solo Show SFBATCC).

The next performance of VERRY McMVERRY is happening on May 18 2019, that’s NEXT Saturday at The Oasis in San Francisco. 7 pm. You can get your tickets at

Go see her folks! She is a real pro. She’s absolutely hilarious and her acting chops are up their with the best of them. She can make you laugh, cry and jump to your feet in joy. I’ve seen her perform many times and it’s always special. – Music