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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

EP77: How to make your writing funnier!

6/21/2018
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Ken discusses how top comedy writers determine whether things are funny or not, and offers some helpful tips on how to make your writing and content much funnier. It’s another behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood… and Broadway.

Duration:00:25:27

EP76: The Worst of Levine & Isaacs

6/14/2018
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Ken Levine discusses AfterMASH and MANNEQUIN 2, two of his least successful projects. You’ll learn what went wrong, how he dealt with it, and ways to find the good in bad situations. There’s also a great karma story you will love.

Duration:00:20:19

EP75: Mark Evanier: The art of cartoon voice work and the variety show from Mars

6/7/2018
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In part two of Ken’s conversation with the multi-talented Mark Evanier they discuss voice over work for animation, how to break in, what they’re looking for and not looking for, and other various tips. He also talks about producing a truly bizarre TV variety show called PINK LADY AND JEFF. You won’t believe this Hollywood/Tokyo story.

Duration:00:40:42

EP74: Mark Evanier - Marvel and DC Comic Book Universe

5/31/2018
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On this week's show, Ken interviews the fascinating Mark Evanier in a 2 part series. In part one, Mark discusses the world of comic books and Jack Kirby who created many of your favorite Marvel & DC superheroes. It’s a Comic-Con convention for your ears. Also, we delve into Mark’s TV writing career, both live-action and animation.

Duration:00:39:49

EP73: TV sitcom Frasier - Exclusive directors commentary - Behind the scenes

5/24/2018
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Ken records an exclusive directors commentary for an episode of TV sitcom Frasier. Filled with inside stories and useful industry information, Ken takes you behind the scenes, walking you through the process of directing a hit comedy sitcom. Simply listen to the episode, or watch the episode live along with the podcast, to take full advantage of his witty expertise. “Roz and the Schnoz”, season 5, episode 21.

Duration:00:26:29

EP72: Meet Matt Mira - host of After Trek, and co-host of every podcast on the internet

5/17/2018
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Ken talks to podcast host, writer, and comedian, Matt Mira about a variety of subjects including his busy schedule writing for The Goldbergs in Los Angeles, then hosting After Trek for CBS All Access every weekend in New York. He's been on more podcasts than you could count. Matt hosts his own podcast, Sidekick, and co-hosts The Nerdist Podcast. He’s the ultimate nerd overachiever, podcasting genius, and great guest!

Duration:00:43:46

EP71: Aloha OY

5/10/2018
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Ken shares his recent Hawaiian adventure, filled with all the usual Levine comic mishaps, celebrity sightings, and restaurant recommendations. It’s like being there without the sunburn or shark attack.

Duration:00:27:46

EP70: How To Write Material That SELLS

5/3/2018
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Ken’s guest is Blair Richwood, a longtime feature development person and book editor. They discuss what it takes for you to write a screenplay, pilot, or book that sells. Also tips on pitching, what studios and Netflix are looking for, mistakes to avoid, and navigating the literary and Hollywood world.

Duration:00:32:59

EP69: Celebrity Fist Fights

4/26/2018
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Ken tells stories about various altercations he has had in his career – none were his fault. Okay, maybe one. He also plays some fascinating radio clips and shares with you some celebrity fistfights that you won’t believe.

Duration:00:31:31

EP68: Meet Nancy Travis

4/19/2018
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Ken talks with actress Nancy Travis about her career, her process, her ups and downs, and lots of fun stories along the way. Nancy is very candid and you’re going to love her.

Duration:00:42:45

EP67: Sports Radio Daze

4/12/2018
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Ken tells crazy stories of hosting sports talk call-in shows and shares a sample of his baseball play-by-play. A fun show even if you’re not a sports fan.

Duration:00:35:55

EP66: Meet Writer Phoef Sutton Part 2

4/5/2018
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Ken interviews the versatile Phoef Sutton who has written sitcoms, dramas, screenplays, and novels. Among his credits: Cheers, Newhart, Boston Legal, Terriers, a Robert DeNiro movie, and novels, including one with Janet Evanovich. Part 2 deals with drama, novel writing, a serious health scare, and great practical advice for writers.

Duration:00:32:55

EP65: Meet Writer Phoef Sutton Part 1

3/29/2018
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Ken interviews the versatile Phoef Sutton who has written sitcoms, dramas, screenplays, and novels. Among his credits: Cheers, Newhart, Boston Legal, Terriers, a Robert DeNiro movie, and novels, including one with Janet Evanovich. Part 1 deals with comedy, features, and how he got that rather unusual name.

Duration:00:34:03

EP64: Surviving Hollywood Rejections

3/22/2018
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Everyone in show business gets rejected. Ken shares some of his most memorable rejections and offers tips to help you rise above them.

Duration:00:33:39

EP63: Ben Mankiewicz, The Voice of TCM

3/15/2018
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Ken interviews TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. They discuss TCM, how the network works, how he works, classic movies, his career, and even a little baseball. It’s movie buff heaven.

Duration:00:38:00

EP62: My snarky 2018 Oscar Review

3/5/2018
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Ken’s annual snarky bitchy Oscar review. Sometimes he’s even fair. He sits through the Oscars so you don't have to.

Duration:00:18:07

EP61: Getting You Ready for the Oscars

3/1/2018
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Ken shares stories and his unique observations about the Academy Awards and all the insanity that go along with them.

Duration:00:16:29

EP60: The Art of Improv Comedy

2/22/2018
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Ken talks to Andy Goldberg who performs and teaches improvisation comedy. It’s an invaluable skill for actors, writers, business people, anybody. And loads of fun. Ken and Andy also share stories of other improvisers they’ve worked with--like Robin Williams--and people even zanier.

Duration:00:34:00

EP59: Talking Dogs, Invisible Alien Babies, & Other TV Pilots

2/15/2018
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With pilot season in full-swing, Ken shares a story of one of his pilots that didn’t get on the air (get ready for a lot of fights with the studio) and introduces you to some of the most bizarre jaw-dropping pilots that never got on the air.

Duration:00:33:53

EP58: How I Write Comedy

2/8/2018
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Over the years Ken has written countless sitcoms including, Cheers, Frasier, Mash and The Simpsons. On today's show, Ken discusses his process for writing comedy and shares a lot of great tips and stories along the way.

Duration:00:34:28