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Hollywood and Levine

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...

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

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

EP108: What’s it like to be an Extra in Hollywood?

1/31/2019
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A great entry-level job in the industry is becoming an extra – the background people you see in movies and TV shows. Ken explores that world, the requirements, pay, future, how to get one of those jobs along with some stories including who was “that girl” on the MASH opening credits?

Duration:00:37:40

EP107: More with writing partner, David Isaacs

1/24/2019
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Ken and David share lessons they learned in comedy writing, both good and bad – along with discussions on casting, directing, the series they developed for Mary Tyler Moore, and David’s year working on MAD MEN

Duration:00:34:05

EP106: Ken’s writing partner, David Isaacs defends himself

1/17/2019
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Ken welcomes his long-time writing partner, David Isaacs to the podcast. We discuss how we broke in, how we work, writing together vs. separately, script problem solving, and David tells his side of the prank I pulled on him.

Duration:00:30:29

EP105: 129 Ways to Get a Husband and 1 Way to Get a Wife

1/10/2019
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Ken shares a hilarious and jaw dropping article from 1958 on how to get a husband. You won’t believe some of these tips. And finally, a prank Ken pulled on his writing partner to get him a wife. You won’t be alone after listening to this podcast.

Duration:00:24:07

EP104: Meet Tracy Newman – Emmy-winning writer, musician, show runner, improviser, and wizard with playing cards.

1/3/2019
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Hope for older writers: Tracy Newman broke in when she was 46. She also had other careers. She’s a fascinating Renaissance Woman who once lived with the great Ricky Jay, guested on THE TONIGHT SHOW, and wrote the famous Ellen-coming-out episode of ELLEN. Almost an hour of fun and inspiring stories.

Duration:00:53:20

EP103: Merry Christmas Charlie Brown… and Everyone

12/20/2018
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In this holiday-themed episode, Ken explains how one of the most successful TV specials in history almost didn’t get on the air, the fascinating backstory of a Christmas classic, and you’ll hear a one act Christmas play that Ken wrote. Ho ho ho.

Duration:00:24:44

EP102: Short Attention Span Podcast

12/13/2018
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Ken tackles a variety of unrelated, but hopefully humorous, topics. You’ll learn the amazing thing Mary Tyler Moore said in his living room, a discussion of actors not saying their lines, and Ken’s handy tips for how to create a hit procedural. Laughs and riches can be yours!

Duration:00:24:00

EP101: Product Placement or how Coca Cola almost destroyed our movie career.

12/6/2018
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Ken explores the various forms of product placement in films and TV. And how a scene he and his partner wrote involving Coca Cola caused a huge stink.

Duration:00:30:47