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Preview: KCRW's Martini Shot

KCRW's Martini Shot



Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life on "Martini Shot". A contributing editor for the National Review and Newsweek International he was a co-executive producer of 'Cheers' while still in his 20's and



Copyright: KCRW 2014
 



Damn millennials

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob takes all of those clichés about Millennials and flips them upside down, because A) that's a more accurate picture and B) he doesn't want to anger the young people

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/JM4mRlcj8OU/KCRW-martini_shot-damn_millennials-160928.mp3




Not You

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob tries to pace eating his lunch with a friend who is eating his lunch, but then he eats his cookie and Rob gets ice cream. And, yes, there is a metaphor about life in there somewhere.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/0gTeLeRrAn0/KCRW-martini_shot-not_you-160907.mp3




Friend, Me?

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob tells you the exact number of your friends who don't like you as much as you like them. He doesn't tell you who they are. You just have to figure that out for yourself.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/akmMY2sH2M8/KCRW-martini_shot-friend_me-fix160831.mp3




Forty Share

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob break his rule and talks politics, just for a moment, and just the only way he can: by talking about show business first.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/r3nBkzt82AI/KCRW-martini_shot-forty_share-160824.mp3




Hear the News

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob tries to step around the nasty arguments on Facebook without stepping in any of them, and still ends up having to scrape some of them off his shoe.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/-2f-8e2sgs0/KCRW-martini_shot-hear_the_news-160817.mp3




Cos Play

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob tries to talk about Comic Con the way it should be talked about -- as a giant promotional event that's all business and no play.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/v3nMj6Yw-nY/KCRW-martini_shot-cos_play-160810.mp3




Pokemon

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob shakes his fist at progress like an old, deranged man -- in other words he talks about Pokemon Go, and Hollywood, and how one is going to eat the other.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/QDfwJyGZSiY/KCRW-martini_shot-pokemon.mp3




Flipped Ghostbusters

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob takes a simple, successful movie franchise and extends its financial value by rebooting it, then reversing it -- which means he never has to come up with another original movie idea again.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/R7IRjuN7dX0/KCRW-martini_shot-flipped_ghostbusters.mp3




Characters

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob dresses up as a famous movie character and beats the stuffing out of someone dressed up as another famous movie character, and they keep doing it until they get sued. 

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/okXNor_eI2Q/KCRW-martini_shot-characters.mp3




Unpopular

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob makes a series of painful confessions surrounding politics, Interstate 40, Hollywood pettiness, and trying to be happy for other people's success. He more or less pulls it off.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/GdRu2-NjOGI/KCRW-martini_shot-unpopular.mp3




The Boss

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob helps actors with their headshots and writers with their pitches and even executives with their office politics. He says to stop worrying about the boss, because the boss is only worried about the boss one level up.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/urMnvrsBcQI/KCRW-martini_shot-the_boss.mp3




LinkedIn

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob sends you a LinkedIn request to join your professional network and then endorses you for your many skills and then we both get lots of push alerts and notifications and we both wonder why we're on LinkedIn.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/9ugawujNqTE/KCRW-martini_shot-linkedin.mp3




Recaps

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob discovers that recaps are a really great way to get out of watching television.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/jB1M0tglOKs/KCRW-martini_shot-recaps.mp3




Make It Funny

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob talks about DC and Marvel, Sunni and Shia, and whether cancer can be funny -- all in three minutes. Yes, it's a stretch, but that's sort of the point. 

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/YnOKb9ql6_I/KCRW-martini_shot-make_it_funny.mp3




The Marquis

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Some people just like choosing from among available options.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/M0am3mbZn8w/KCRW-martini_shot-the_marquis.mp3




Find It

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob on how hard it can be to direct actors, who are hypersensitive and ego maniacal and in that respect resemble everyone else in your life and on the planet, and that's: make them think it's their idea.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/vwAYBRVlkzQ/KCRW-martini_shot-find_it.mp3




Twitter Bot

Wed, 25 May 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob on Twitter bots, followers for sale, and because it's the law that he cannot be ignored, Donald J. Trump.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/GqneUmYn2i8/KCRW-martini_shot-twitter_bot.mp3




Shutting Up

Wed, 18 May 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob tells us the best sales technique in the world, which is to make your pitch and then fall silent -- which he has a hard time doing.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/2WOyddGQ67g/KCRW-martini_shot-shutting_up.mp3




Super Fat

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob eats ice cream and bread in front of an actor who needs to lose weight -- and he's not sorry about it.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/3Gs6Qsi4w20/ma160427super_fat.mp3




Other People's Money

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:44:00 -0700

How losing two million dollars on a show is something to celebrate...for someone else.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/upWRebljWkA/ma160420other_peoples_money.mp3




Teachers

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Remembering a great teacher.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/pjU2ghhIuBc/ma160413teachers.mp3




Starred Changes

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:44:00 -0700

How the late Andy Grove, of Intel, helped make it easier for executives to give notes.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/I6M9hZ5RyVw/ma160406starred_changes.mp3




French Exit

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:44:00 -0700

You know when you're at a party and you're leaving and you make this long circuit to say goodbye? Don't do it. Do a French Exit. Just walk out.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/O9Dp4x51dn4/ma160330french_exit.mp3




First Lady

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:44:00 -0700

There's no not-weird way to say this. Rob asks Nancy Reagan out on a date.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/hFyxDddIOAA/ma160323first_lady.mp3




Waze Trail

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:44:00 -0700

Rob's complicated and probably unsuccessful attempt at comparing the navigation app Waze to his current creative process. . .

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/WrvBDe9FFUY/ma160316waze_trail.mp3




Screeners

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:44:00 -0800

Rob fast forwards through all the screeners he got this year. It's sort of an industry secret.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/PukrSkv23l0/ma160309screeners.mp3




I Slay

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:44:00 -0800

Today's Martini Shot is all about Beyoncé. Well, it's about Rob and Beyoncé. That came out wrong.  It's about money and Beyoncé.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/iGBMAbF15Tk/ma160302i_slay.mp3




Hot Costs

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:44:00 -0800

The secret to keeping your production on budget. Just arrange to have your credit card declined.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/cBAG12nwzp4/ma160224hot_costs.mp3




Touch of Evil

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:44:00 -0800

Rob wishes he could do what Orson Welles did, which was to shoot ten pages in a night.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/GMU5luJ_-4U/ma160217touch_of_evil.mp3




Too Clever

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:44:00 -0800

Rob figures out how to save Al Jazeera America cable news network. Too late, of course, but he does figure it out.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/DRQF9AkA9qc/ma160210too_clever.mp3




Boat Act

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:44:00 -0800

Is being a Donald Trump impersonator a major career move or a boat act?

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/0Ni8koIAsgE/ma160203boat_act.mp3




62 Million

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:44:00 -0800

Rob raises money for his candidate...not really. 

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/kMo-assBbi8/ma16012762_million.mp3




Slideshow

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:44:00 -0800

Rob gets super financial and explains a hedge fund Powerpoint deck.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/71PCxo2hXCo/ma160120slideshow.mp3




Chipmunks

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:44:00 -0800

Rob does what every producer in Hollywood does all the time: complain about the marketing budget.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/Y7HyAbkV1dA/ma160113chipmunks.mp3




Spoilers

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:44:00 -0800

Rob gives away all the secrets to Star Wars and doesn't even say Spoiler Alert.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/YNDmY0XMkW8/ma160106spoilers.mp3




Spy Movie

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Rob finds an old spy manual, filled with ways to sabotage any organization, and notices that all of them are in wide use at every major studio.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/O-O9LtEC9sU/ma151230spy_movie.mp3




No Complaints

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Attempting the impossible for a writer in the entertainment business -- to be grateful and uncomplaining.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/IwmJysopjyw/ma151223no_complaints.mp3




Homework

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Unsolicited advice to someone who is more famous and successful than Rob, just like a real journalist.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/jiPQBIarir4/ma151216homework.mp3




Sell the House

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:44:00 -0800

A new rule for keeping a TV audience engaged in a show: you just kill all of the good guys.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/vZ_0oDjCeHg/ma151209sell_the_house.mp3




Listen In

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:44:00 -0800

What every tired and out-of-material stand up comic does: talk about the differences between New York and Los Angeles -- as if there are any.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/8SAh08R1dUs/ma151202listen_in1.mp3




Too Many Interactions

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Rob sets up an email to set up a conference call and then a text to remind himself about it and then a call after the call to talk about what happened on the call. It's called "work" but not much work gets done.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/RO_3EDWUH6M/ma151125too_many_interaction.mp3




Forget the Writer

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Being a writer is a little bit like being a shepherd: it's quaint, people envy the solitude, but no one's afraid of a shepherd.  

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/gdlgNQOjI7U/ma151118forget_the_writer.mp3




James Smith

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Why movies succeed and why they fail and why the phrase isn't "The name is Smith. James Smith."

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/z0LW6Y-7d98/ma151111james_smith.mp3




American Graffiti

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:44:00 -0800

If you've got a political point to make, and you're clever, you can pretty much sneak it into anything.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/1Qt1s80-pEE/ma151104american_graffiti.mp3




Presidential Traffic

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Rob talks about two of Los Angeles' favorite topics: politics and traffic.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/Ri9DLK8pHwo/ma151028presidential_traffic.mp3




Children's Movies

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Rob discovers that the most immature and impulsive segment of the population are old people who act like teenagers.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/s-vW_AJnfa8/ma151021childrens_movies.mp3




The OODA Loop

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Inside the OODA Loop of television development. It's a military thing, which, surprisingly, really applies.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/ZdL_abw-XG4/ma151014the_ooda_loop.mp3




Two Hander

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Why do TV shows have dumpy guys married to beautiful wives, and movies have really old dudes married to young women, but it's never the other way around? Rob senses a marketing opportunity.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/2NUkUrxbJxY/ma150930two_hander_2015_09_3.mp3




Many Meetings

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Rob attends a meeting to come up with something really new and different. But it's meeting, so that doesn't happen.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/7mkVx5om_HY/ma150923many_meetings.mp3




It's All Relativity

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Rob sends a shout out to the bankrupt Relativity Media company. Because a successful movie and an unsuccessful movie both employ the same number of people, so more movies, more better.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/2O0gn7PxToU/ma150916its_all_relativity.mp3




Peak Television

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 16:44:00 -0700

The TV business is like the oil business -- we keep pumping shows out of the ground until there're just too many shows and the price collapses. We need a show business OPEC.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/M2sFQ-PXrWs/ma150909peak_television.mp3




Safe Second

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:44:00 -0700

It's nice to have options.  This is LA, after all. Things fall apart. Projects collapse. People flake.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/MsnzWY8svmE/ma150902safe_second.mp3




Presenting

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:44:00 -0700

What primates do when they present themselves to each other.  It's what we do around here, when we pitch.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/9nMPoff1wGg/ma150826presenting.mp3




Lead

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Rob turns into the dark anti-hero he's always wanted to be.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/Aa6nRbM37zM/ma150819lead.mp3




First Date

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:44:00 -0700

On dating and television programming, which are a lot more alike than you'd think, both being complicated, expensive, and futile.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/lnwnUDQaVb4/ma150812first_date.mp3




Upgrades

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 04:44:00 -0700

Going back to a time when Dynasty and Laverne and Shirley were hit TV shows, now known as Empire and Broad City.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/MCr3baUir3U/ma150805upgrades.mp3




Stealing Material

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:44:00 -0700

With no original material, Rob does everybody else does: he steals from Twitter.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/Qy41MKr8nLg/ma150729stealing_material.mp3




Turn Left Now

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Getting ordered around town by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns out to know the very best traffic shortcuts.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/CkWgDe2rWdc/ma150722turn_left_now.mp3




The Olive Garden

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Every entertainment executive should work at the Olive Garden for a day. Not exactly, but close.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/ECbagnYpsZI/ma150715the_olive_garden.mp3




Open the Gates

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Trying to do the impossible: to enter the gates of a studio and park for a meeting when it's the wrong studio and still maintain a small amount of personal dignity.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/mooPNllRBpc/ma150708open_the_gates.mp3




Linkly Tied

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:44:00 -0700

What happens in Rob's brain when a pitch meeting goes well, which is that it stops working and says strange, nonsensical things.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/uPBxrfupHCI/ma150701linkly_tied.mp3




Forgot to Laugh

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Wading into the recent controversy about what Jerry Seinfeld said about college kids. That they're insufferable killjoys.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/Pt9a7qck5Oo/ma150624forgot_to_laugh1.mp3




You've Got Nothing

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Explaining why a movie won't work at the box office, right after it hasn't worked at the box office.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/EKVrxmZfIFw/ma150617youve_got_nothing.mp3




The Button

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Using Evernote to prove that the entertainment business is about to get very crazy and very good, especially for writers. This is not a scientific conclusion.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/kaENrVEtafs/ma150610the_button.mp3




Who Did What

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Breaking the tribal rule that binds all Hollywood writers together, Rob gives credit to a development executive.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/eEpr_8W_j9M/ma150603who_did_what.mp3




Leather Jacket

Wed, 27 May 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Rob takes a story with the worst and most dysfunctional moral ever, then kind of twists it so it comes out okay.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/4yrtlVKvBGo/ma150527leather_jacket.mp3




Change This

Wed, 20 May 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Sometimes when the star makes a demand you give in, sometimes you don’t.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/1Q6yreAKVJ4/ma150520change_this.mp3




Twitter Horror

Wed, 13 May 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Belated advice to Trevor Noah, and anyone else who suddenly goes from Internet famous to actually famous.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/4LBhLiOu9JY/ma150513twitter_horror.mp3




Furiouser and Furiouser

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Furious Seven, Coca-Cola, and how hard it is to change people's favorite things just enough.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/xDNzHoH1JT8/ma150429furiouser_and_furiou.mp3




Stealing

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:44:00 -0700

The big difference between sampling – where music producers reuse someone else's hook and borrowing, which is what comedy writers do to each others' material.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/pgdMpdq7G4o/ma150422stealing.mp3




The Machine that Spins

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Rob solves the problem of television network programming

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/Jiho0rDQnO0/ma150415the_machine_that_spi.mp3




Uber but for Meerkat

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Meerkat is the latest amazingly disruptive and revolutionary app that manages to, basically, recreate 1950's live television.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/ReG8j1kyTUQ/ma150401uber_but_for_meerkat.mp3




Liberation Theory

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:44:00 -0700

The last place that might believe the characters from the show Friends could afford that apartment -- North Korea.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/FaMih_eEkgY/ma150325liberation_theory.mp3




What Can I Get You?

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:44:00 -0700

Next time Rob heads into in a pitch meeting and someone asks if they can get him something to drink, he's going to say yes.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/AvX89tD7Vxk/ma150318what_can_i_get_you.mp3




Need an Ending

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:44:00 -0700

What you do when you suddenly wonder what your life is all about. You do what studios do when they're making an expensive movie and they don't like the ending. They stop production and figure it out.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/2Q97hcxuv0Q/ma150311need_an_ending.mp3




Let's Get Entrepreneurial

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:44:00 -0800

The new and exciting directions the entertainment business is going in – a more disruptive and entrepreneurial way of doing business. And all of those words mean only one thing: the writer's not getting paid.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/33gr2GIoQQo/ma150304lets_get_entrepreneu.mp3




You're Fired

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Getting fired, firing someone, and Rob's personal choice, just passive-aggressively ignoring them until they stop appearing in his line of sight.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/fG6bDBu8YZg/ma150225youre_fired.mp3




On Fleek

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Rob's totally on fleek. And if you have to ask what that means, don't bother.  No one will be saying it in a week or so.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/2I496HZFcf8/ma150218on_fleek.mp3




Play One on TV

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Sometimes really excellent actors have a hard time knowing the difference between things that happened to them in real life and on screen. News anchors, too. Not unrelated.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/m6ejifVbycM/ma150211play_one_on_tv.mp3




Botoxing History

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:44:00 -0800

What the producers of the movie Selma do to historical fact as "giving history a little face lift and tummy tuck."

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/gjmsH1G7HLE/ma150204botoxing_history.mp3




Needs the Money

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:44:00 -0800

The worst way to sell someone on anything is to assume that they need it. No one wants to hear that.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/0GFuu1uo3Y0/ma150128needs_the_money.mp3




Cold Day

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:44:00 -0800

A change of venue – and a change in climate – can boost your creativity. It can, but it can also freeze your hair.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/gOq5JZsqScw/ma150121cold_day.mp3




Faking It

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:44:00 -0800

What do you do when you want to take charge but don’t know, exactly, what you’re talking about?

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/gM9fB1fmFfU/ma150114faking_it.mp3




To Don't List

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:44:00 -0800

Rob rings in the new year with a To Don't list, which is like a To Do list -- but the opposite.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/sZI5uaK13G4/ma150107to_dont_list.mp3




Call Me to Discuss

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:44:00 -0800

Rob tell you the four words you need to have a happy and safe 2015.  Four words that can save you a lot of trouble.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/9wP4rdfq2lc/ma141231call_me_to_discuss.mp3




Famous People

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:44:00 -0800

Jay Z and Beyonce and the heirs to the British throne watch basketball because, as we know, all famous people know each other.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/jwelS6BRGWM/ma141224famous_people.mp3




Hollywood Legend

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:44:00 -0800

Rob tries to be grateful for the man, Bill Cosby, who reinvigorated the television comedy business and separate his accomplishments from his actions.  It doesn't work very well. 

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/pn1KtSFfOjE/ma141217hollywood_legend.mp3




My Friend's Place

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:44:00 -0800

Where will you be this Saturday and Sunday?

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/2OeRQZFq7Hs/ma141210my_friends_place_201.mp3




Doesn’t Look Like It

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:44:00 -0800

Rob gets some bad news in the worst way possible: directly, honestly, and not from his agent.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/4pfrZiaenko/ma141203doesn2019t_look_like.mp3




Shortcut

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:44:00 -0800

Rob gives out some advice to young writers that makes their life easier and their work better, but unfortunately costs them half of their pay.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/QrD3qeBXbfY/ma141126shortcut.mp3




Hot Right Now

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:44:00 -0800

Rob discovers the secret to long-running success: make sure your co-stars never go below their contractually-mandated weight.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/1v8jwBEZotc/ma141119hot_right_now.mp3




Two Jokes

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:44:00 -0800

Rob tells a joke and plays a joke and get one played on him.  The first two, he thinks, are funny.  For some reason that last one isn’t.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/nXOzxlfQwC0/ma141112two_jokes.mp3




Disruptions

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:44:00 -0800

The only business that’s falling apart faster than Hollywood is politics.  Couldn’t happen to nicer folks.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/Y1zgPMTYJZk/ma141105disruptions.mp3




Local Hire

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:44:00 -0700

Some actors give up their dreams of stardom and move out of Los Angeles, only to discover there’s more work available in Hollywood when you don’t live in Hollywood.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/hlArqae63BE/ma141029local_hire.mp3




Too Much in Common

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:44:00 -0700

Rob learns the difference between new, old, and really old. It’s okay to be new and to be really old. In the middle, not so much.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/XgQUuY8QKV4/ma141022too_much_in_common.mp3




Hate Watch

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:44:00 -0700

Rob manages to do something most writers in Hollywood cannot do: he actually enjoys another writer’s successful television show.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/waNfuzCu2fU/ma141015hate_watch.mp3




Fix It

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:44:00 -0700

Rob tells someone with a lot of big problems that can’t be fixed that they have only one small problem that can. In other words, he follows the Fix It Rule.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/a0WP1Y_lu4o/ma141008fix_it.mp3




Zero to One

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:44:00 -0700

On this week's Martini Shot, Rob fails an essential job interview question to work for Peter Thiel’s venture fund. Or, for that matter, to have a hit television show. It’s the same question.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/4_EOZ8HwYTo/ma141001zero_to_one.mp3




Your Voice

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:44:00 -0700

On this week's Martini Shot, Rob is not hired to play himself. He don’t have the chops, apparently.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/M9MKcDP94sA/ma140910your_voice.mp3




Your Little Show

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:44:00 -0700

Rob learns that some people only hear what they want to hear, and some people never hear what they want to hear. The effect is the same: people get mad at him.

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http://feeds.kcrw.com/~r/kcrw/ma/~5/AJYqdmII-ZE/ma140903your_little_show.mp3