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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

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

EP57: Everything you wanted to know about TV programming in 30 minutes.

2/1/2018
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Part two of Ken’s interview with network scheduling chief Preston Beckman. This week they discuss ratings, research, programming strategies, casting, reboots, and tips for making successful pilots.

Duration:00:38:50

EP56: How SEINFELD Got On the Air

1/25/2018
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… and other tales of TV programming. Ken interviews Preston Beckman (aka the “Masked Scheduler”) who scheduled programs for NBC and FOX for 35 years. From “Must See TV” to binge watching, it’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at just how your favorite shows get on the air. Part 1 of 2

Duration:00:29:05

EP55: Let’s Do Lunch!

1/18/2018
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Power lunches are a Hollywood tradition and this week Ken examines the rituals and which restaurants mean you have a viable career. Ken also shares some personal lunch tales -- some good, some not so good but all entertaining.

Duration:00:33:21

EP54: Are you ready for some football?

1/11/2018
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With the NFL playoffs in full-swing, Ken interviews Dan Hoard, the radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s a fun-filled episode of play-by-play touchdowns and fumbles. For sports and non-sports fans alike.

Duration:00:32:05

EP53: Revealing the Secret: Who is Richard Castle?

1/4/2018
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The TV show CASTLE spawned 7 novels supposedly written by the star, Richard Castle. They became New York Times Best Sellers. But who really wrote those books? He also produced NURSE JACKIE, COSBY, NIGHT COURT, GRACE UNDER FIRE wrote for Craig Ferguson’s Late Night Show, was a radio DJ, program director, and weekend TV weatherman. This week we’ll meet him and for the first time I will reveal his true identity. You’ll learn a lot about the process of writing and what Edie Falco is really like.

Duration:00:36:35

EP52: Drop the damn New Year’s Ball already!

12/28/2017
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Ken goes stream-of-consciousness this week, riffing on the end of the year, the industry, parades, bowl games, Disneyland, prime rib, Oscar season, and one of the great Elizabeth Montgomery stories EVER. Start or end your year off right with this episode.

Duration:00:29:38

EP51: Holidays in Hollywood

12/21/2017
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Ken fills your podcast stocking with tales of getting fired on Christmas, show gifts for Christmas, classic Christmas movies and TV specials, a Christmas felon, and Christmas in Las Vegas. Ho ho ho.

Duration:00:28:31

EP50: Behind The Scenes Cheers Episode Commentary

12/14/2017
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On this week's Hollywood & Levine podcast, Ken Levine provides us with a commentary track for an episode of the popular hit TV show Cheers that he co-wrote. “Truce or Consequences,” Season 1, EP8. This look behind the scenes explains tons of great inside information that you won't have heard anywhere else. A must listen for any Cheers fans. To increase your viewing pleasure, you can watch the episode of Cheers online on Netflix along with Ken, or simply listen to the Podcast as usual.

Duration:00:30:09

EP49: Celebrity Dish Part 2

12/7/2017
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More with entertainment reporter Arlen Peter who has interviewed hundreds of major Hollywood stars.This week they discuss Robin Williams, Meryl Streep, Richard Pryor, Miss Piggy (who has her own hair and make-up person), Quentin Tarantino, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin who walked on the moon. Lots of good, bad, and strange behavior. But in Hollywood would you expect anything less?

Duration:00:38:14

EP48: Dishing The Dirt On Celebrities - Part 1

11/30/2017
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Ken grills entertainment reporter Arlen Peter who has interviewed hundreds of major Hollywood stars. In Part 1 they discuss Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, Lucy, John Belushi, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Kelly and more. Lots of craziness behind-the-scenes and many stories I promise you’ve never heard. If you like gossip and dish this one’s for you. And we’re just getting started.

Duration:00:32:37

EP47: Leftover turkeys and tales from the Hollywood front

11/23/2017
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Ken tells more crazy anecdotes of pitching projects, wants to know more about you, and serves some turkeys that are both hilarious and hard to digest.

Duration:00:29:00

EP46: Thanksgiving for the Memories

11/16/2017
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Ken gets you into the holiday spirit with tales of Thanksgiving – how to survive the travel, the hell that is writing Thanksgiving episodes, the Macy’s Parade, an even tackier one, and what Ken is thankful for. Hint: You’re included.

Duration:00:28:41

EP45: Why I left MASH and Other Vital TV Questions

11/9/2017
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Ken answers listeners’ questions about television including why he left MASH. Also, Ken’s thoughts on the World Series and how being a sports fan should not ruin your life.

Duration:00:29:03

EP44: The Magic of Disney: A Salute to Classic Disney Animated Features

11/2/2017
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Ken talks to Greg Ehrbar, a Disney historian who shares the stories and secrets behind Disney’s most beloved animated features. A must for Disney buffs, film buffs, cartoon buffs, any buffs.

Duration:00:28:17

EP43: My First Girlfriend…and Writing Assignment

10/26/2017
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Ken introduces you to his first girlfriend, who of course was crazy, and his first writing assignment, which was crazier still – a musical for the United States Army. Coming-of-age insanity.

Duration:00:27:04

EP42: Charlize Theron and Other Dreams

10/19/2017
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Ken talks to writer Avin Das about the Charlize Theron sex tape that he wrote and co-starred in for Funny Or Die. He also reveals what it’s really like to be a production assistant on a hit situation comedy. Plus, Ken shares some of his more wacky insane dreams.

Duration:00:27:28

EP41: “The Lunch Bit Sucks!” and Other Colorful Stories

10/12/2017
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Ken tells crazy stories that touch on aspects of his career. Getting bad script notes, being shunned at a radio convention, a Hollywood ending to be cherished, and classic baseball bloopers. Lots of fun, embarrassment, and pain.

Duration:00:29:14

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