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Hollywood & Levine looks at the world of entertainment, pop culture, screenwriting, and life, and takes none of it seriously. The point is to make you laugh, although useful information might accidentally slip through. Hosted by Emmy-winning writer/baseball announcer/talk show host, Ken Levine, Hollywood & Levine will feature commentary, war stories on Ken’s career (MASH, Cheers, Frasier, Simpsons), interviews, writing advice, movie reviews, snarky award show recaps, tall tales from his baseball and radio career, segments from old broadcasts, improv sketches, answering listener questions, and more. It’s a fun, fast-paced hour of humor, nonsense, and God knows what.

Hollywood & Levine looks at the world of entertainment, pop culture, screenwriting, and life, and takes none of it seriously. The point is to make you laugh, although useful information might accidentally slip through. Hosted by Emmy-winning writer/baseball announcer/talk show host, Ken Levine, Hollywood & Levine will feature commentary, war stories on Ken’s career (MASH, Cheers, Frasier, Simpsons), interviews, writing advice, movie reviews, snarky award show recaps, tall tales from his baseball and radio career, segments from old broadcasts, improv sketches, answering listener questions, and more. It’s a fun, fast-paced hour of humor, nonsense, and God knows what.
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Los Angeles, CA

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Hollywood & Levine looks at the world of entertainment, pop culture, screenwriting, and life, and takes none of it seriously. The point is to make you laugh, although useful information might accidentally slip through. Hosted by Emmy-winning writer/baseball announcer/talk show host, Ken Levine, Hollywood & Levine will feature commentary, war stories on Ken’s career (MASH, Cheers, Frasier, Simpsons), interviews, writing advice, movie reviews, snarky award show recaps, tall tales from his baseball and radio career, segments from old broadcasts, improv sketches, answering listener questions, and more. It’s a fun, fast-paced hour of humor, nonsense, and God knows what.

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@kenlevine

Language:

English


Episodes

EP128: Ken’s Commencement Speech and Welcoming in Summer

6/20/2019
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If Ken were to ever speak at a college graduation, this would be his speech. And then he reflects on summers past.

Duration:00:33:36

EP127: Meet Kara Mayer Robinson: celebrity journalist

6/13/2019
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Kara Mayer Robinson has written for the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and has her own podcast, “Really Famous.” She and Ken discuss the world of celebrity interviews with a little gossip and goofy banter along the way.

Duration:00:29:25

EP126: “Movin’ on Up” – selling our first script

6/6/2019
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What’s it like to break in and sell your first script? Ken tells his experience when “the Jeffersons” hired him and partner David Isaacs. It was quite a learning experience as you will hear.

Duration:00:44:33

EP125: Filling in for Wolfman Jack and other radio adventures

5/30/2019
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Ken tells crazy stories of his disc jockey days -- filling in for the Wolfman, befriending the Hells Angels, and almost getting deported from Canada. Oh, those fun days of radio.

Duration:00:29:24

EP124: In defense of Multi-Camera Shows

5/23/2019
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Multi-camera shows shot in front of a studio audience are much maligned, unfairly so. 99% of our classic sitcoms are multi-camera. Ken explains what it takes to do a good one and why many fall short. If you’re a fan of TV comedy this is the episode for you.

Duration:00:24:43

EP123: Open Letter to Ungrateful TV Actors

5/16/2019
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In light of Constance Wu’s public disdain of FRESH OFF THE BOAT’S pick-up, Ken puts into perspective what a gift it is to be on a hit series and the reality of network television casting. It’s an eye-opener.

Duration:00:22:10

EP122: Take a Guided Tour of the 20th Century Fox Lot.

5/9/2019
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Ken is your guide for a VIP tour of the 20 Century Fox lot where thousands of classic movies and TV shows have been filmed including MASH. Enjoy some history, anecdotes, and Hollywood lore, and you won’t need comfortable shoes.

Duration:00:29:16

EP121: Another CHEERS commentary track w/ Writer Ken Levine

5/2/2019
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Ken provides a commentary track for the CHEERS episode “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” from season 6, episode 17. Frasier and Lilith's wedding is nearing, and their best man and maid of honor, Sam and a very surprised Rebecca, are throwing them each a bachelor and bachelorette party! You can watch along or just listen as Ken shares background info and nuggets on one of his favorite episodes.

Duration:00:28:45

EP120: NBC’s Al Michaels, Part 2

4/25/2019
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In the second of two parts, NBC sportscaster Al Michaels, who has called 10 Super Bowls, numerous World Series, and will be forever known for his “Miracle on Ice” call, joins Ken for an in depth discussion on NFL football, working with partners, his process, preparation, and how much sleep he gets the night before he calls a Super Bowl.

Duration:00:27:46

EP119: NBC’s Al Michaels Part 1

4/18/2019
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In the first of two parts, NBC sportscaster Al Michaels, who has called 10 Super Bowls, numerous World Series, and will be forever known for his “Miracle on Ice” call, joins Ken for an in depth discussion. In Part 1 Al talks about his baseball career, covering an earthquake, working for the Dating Game, MNF, and moving from ABC to NBC. You don’t have to love sports to love Al Michaels.

Duration:00:33:25

EP118: More Celebrity Dish w/ Arlen Peters

4/11/2019
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Entertainment reporter Arlen Peters is back with more tasty inside stories and profiles of celebrities, famous writers, and iconic movies. You know you love this stuff!

Duration:00:38:40

EP117: My Mount Rushmore of Radio: Four greats radio stars

4/4/2019
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Ken introduces you to four of his all-time favorite radio performers. These are the voices that inspired him and made him laugh. Vin Scully, Dan Ingram, The Real Don Steele, and Gary Burbank.

Duration:00:31:13

EP116: “How did I get talked into this?” Embarrassing stories during the course of my career.

3/28/2019
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We all get talked into doing stupid things. These are two of Ken’s.

Duration:00:26:14

EP115: Meet Dennis Palumbo, writer/therapist

3/21/2019
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Dennis Palumbo is a licensed therapist and also co-wrote the comedy classic, MY FAVORITE YEAR. He talks about common problems writers face and offers invaluable advice. Also he discusses his fascinating career. From TV (WELCOME BACK KOTTER), to screenplays, to mystery novels – Dennis Palumbo has done it all. And still has time to see patients.

Duration:00:38:57

EP114: My Writing Process

3/14/2019
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Ken talks about his writing steps, from germ of an idea to finished script or stage play. It’s an in-depth look into the creative process from an Emmy winning writer.

Duration:00:26:32

EP113: Meet Bruce Miller and learn the story behind “Tossed Salads & Scrambled Eggs.”

3/7/2019
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Bruce Miller has composed and conducted the music for many TV series including FRASIER. He tells the inside story of what “Tossed Salads & Scrambled Eggs” really means along with other fascinating tales. Plus, a huge treat for FRASIER fans – something you’ve never heard before.

Duration:00:32:22

EP112: Ken’s Annual Bitchy Snarky Oscar Review

2/25/2019
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Once again, comedy writer Ken Levine watches the 2019 Academy Awards so you don’t have to, and files his opinionated, hopefully insightful, hopefully funny review. See if you agree with anything he says.

Duration:00:19:19

EP111: “And the Loser is…” Academy Award Trivia

2/21/2019
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Getting you ready for the Oscars, Ken has compiled lots of fun facts about the Academy Awards including people who never won. This interesting and fact packed episode contains many surprises! A must listen for all movie lovers!

Duration:00:17:56

EP110: TV in the age of Ageism

2/14/2019
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Ken discusses the realities of the television industry and how he has faced and learned to cope with ageism. It’s a candid personal look into longevity in Hollywood.

Duration:00:30:22

EP109: The Art of Magic, w/ Bruce Kalver

2/7/2019
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Ken talks to master magician Bruce Kalver. Learn about the world of magic and how to get out of handcuffs. It’s a fascinating and fun look at the artists who amaze and delight us. No rabbits or doves were harmed during this interview.

Duration:00:38:13