Two minutes into the interview, Bruce Vilanch kvetches about pantyhose. The hefty actor dons them eight times a week to play Edna Turnblad, the plus-size Baltimore hausfrau in the hit musical "Hairspray," now at the Pantages Theatre.
Bruce Vilanch, comedy writer to the stars, picks up the phone. "Jew speaking," he says.
Emmy Award-winning Vilanch, 51, is one of the drollest Jews in Hollywood.