FOF #2798 – Bruce Vilanch on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

Oct 30, 2019 · 2234 views

Bruce Vilanch with Paul Lynde, Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo and Margaret Hamilton reprising her role as the Wicked Witch for the last time. Images courtesy of ABC Television and Bruce Vilanch.

One of the most wonderfully strange shows ever broadcast on television is the Paul Lynde Halloween Special. This musical variety show featuring a campy highway pile-up of the top stars of the day with Margaret Hamilton reprising her role as the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz aired only once on ABC in 1976.

Yep that really happened. Margaret Hamilton meets Gene Simmons.

This candy corny showcase also includes: Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo, Florence Henderson from The Brady Bunch, Tim Conway from The Carol Burnett Show, Roz “Pinky Tuscadero” Kelly from Happy Days, Betty White from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Billy Barty, Donnie & Marie Osmond, and making their primetime TV debut, the rock band KISS.

Paul Stanley with Roz “Pinky Tuscadero” Kelly on the set of the Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

In the center square once again is Paul Lynde, one of Hollywoods most ascerbic gay men whose double entendres delighted audiences on the game show Hollywood Squares. How did thisTV special ever get made?

It wasn’t easy.

Today comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, best known for writing for the Oscars and for his own appearance on Hollywood Squares joins us to talk about being a head writer for the Paul Lynde Halloween Special.


  1. Kathy says:

    Brava! Love this.

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