For the last little while, I have been working on a biography on Billy Van, based in part on his unpublished autobiography, Second Banana.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 email@example.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, Jayne Eastwood, Alan Blye, Garry Blye, Guido Basso, Brent Butt, Scott Thompson, Jason Rouse, behind-the-scenes people at CHCH, and family members.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to perhaps talking with you.