SECOND BANANA: THE BILLY VAN STORY 


For the last little while, I have been working on a biography on Billy Van, based in part on his unpublished autobiography, Second Banana. My partner in the project is Stacey Case, who has done much to keep Billy's legacy alive, including running a Hilarious House of Frightenstein reunion and operating a pop-up Billy Van Museum in Hamilton, Ontario.

If you worked with Billy Van in the past, whether it was musically, acting, on stage, or you were just a fan of his, drop me a note at goliver845@gmail.com. Feel free to pass on my info to anyone else you think would be able to contribute as well.

We have found that Billy was a great influence on many entertainers, particularly through his zaniness on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, his incredible gamut of characters on Hilarious House of Frightenstein and the ad-libbing during charades on Party Game, which ran for a decade, every night of the week. Plus he was an accomplished singer, touring the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as across Canada with the Billy Van Four. 

My list of interviews is growing quickly, and so far includes Dinah Christie, Alan Hamel, Allan Blye, "The Unknown Comic" Murray Langston, Garry Blye, Luba Goy, Jayne Eastwood, Raffi Mauro, Guido Basso, Brent Butt, Perry Rosemond, Saul Ilson, Pam Hyatt, Stuart Beecroft, Vern Kennedy, Barrie Baldaro, Dixie Seatle, Grant Cowan, Monica Parker, Greig Dymond, Jack Kuper, David Eisner, CHCH employees and others who worked on Frightenstein, and family members.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to perhaps talking with you.

Greg Oliver
goliver845@gmail.com




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