Hollywood & Levine
By Hosted by Hollywood Writer and Director Ken Levine
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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.
||ExplicitEpisode 25: Adventures in Television Directing||Ken shares stories of directing sitcoms. He describes what it's like to be challenged by actors, how to win them over, and almost killing an actor. Then he discusses the many times he got fired in radio and how he went out in a blaze of glory on...||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24: Interview w/ Filmmaker Kevin Smith Part 2||Chasing Amy, writing a Superman Screenplay, & advice for writers||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23: Interview w/ Filmmaker Kevin Smith||Producer Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Clerks, & Dogma) shares his Hollywood story||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22: Hanks for the Memories||Dealing w/ network standards & practices, and working with Tom Hanks||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21: Crazy People I've Hired & Other Tomfoolery||Not everyone in Hollywood is crazy. Just the people who worked for Ken. Laughs are the theme this week as he introduces you to some of the nuttiest writers’ assistants in Tinsel Town. Then he’ll relive some classic radio pranks and you'll...||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20: Romy & Michele’s Podcast Reunion||“Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion” has become a comedy classic. Ken interviews Robin Schiff, creator of those characters and screenwriter of the movie. Robin is one of the most successful comedy writers in Hollywood. She discusses her...||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19: “Final Call”–-The Last CHEERS episode||The last CHEERS episode drew over 42 million viewers. Ken discusses the making of that classic show, bringing back Diane, the filming, airing, and disastrous TONIGHT SHOW that followed. For fans of the show this week’s episode is a...||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18: How Many of You Are from Out of Town: Sitcom Warm-Up Comedians||A key element of any TV show done before an audience is the warm-up man. There is an art to this very unique role. Ken was the warm-up man for CHEERS and shares stories of that show and many others. Plus, an interview with Stu Shostak, one of the top...||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: How the Airlines Screw You and Why||“Travel” is the theme for this week’s episode. Ken tells how he survived a cyclone on a cruise ship and how bad the ship’s lounge show was that night. Also you’ll learn that airlines make your flying experience miserable on purpose. Ken...||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Misc-Takes: Avoiding the Casting Couch & Hollywood Parties||Ken shares five different stories this week – how to avoid the “casting couch,” how to rewrite Neil Simon (if you dare), Hollywood screenings, what not to do at Hollywood parties (a painful but hilarious lesson), and Ken’s most memorable home...||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15: Behind the Scenes at the Academy Awards||Ken’s guest is Randy Thomas, one of the premier live event voice over artists in the country. She has been the voice of the Oscars, Tonys, and Emmys. She tells what really happened during that colossal snafu at this year’s Academy Awards. She also...||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: From Hollywood to the Big Leagues||How does a successful sitcom writer become a major league baseball announcer? In this episode Ken shares his “Walter Mitty” story of how a midlife crisis turned into a second career. Also, you’ll hear a sample of Ken’s...||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The Art of Pitching a Show||Everyone has “ideas” in Hollywood. But how do you sell them? Ken discusses the art of pitching and how to turn those ideas into actual TV shows and movies. With techniques that apply to selling any product, Ken tells you the do’s and...||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Pissing off NBC and other TV tales||To avoid NBC giving away a big surprise in an episode of FRASIER that Ken co-write, they slipped it in at the last minute and NBC aired it sight unseen. The peacock was not pleased. Also, hear about the time Ken got thrown off THE DATING GAME, the...||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Breaking In Is Hard to Do||In this week’s episode Ken tells the story of how he and David Isaacs met, became writing partners, and finally broke into the business – learning lessons, making rookie mistakes (that you can avoid), and discovering the little edges that will...||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: The Making of FRIENDS||Ken Levine discusses the creation of the hit sitcom Friends||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9: My Annual Snarky Oscar Review||2017 Oscar Review by Ken Levine||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The Romantic Comedies You Need to See||Ken reveals his favorite rom coms and why you need to see them. Some you know, but others you might not. Find out what you’re missing. For anyone who likes to laugh or swoon. Also, he’ll be introducing you to a very young Albert Brooks. And...||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Tips on how to go to Disneyland and Disney World||Behind-the-Scenes of the Happiest Place on Earth||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Valentine’s Day with Beyonce||In this episode Ken tells about the Valentine’s Day he spent with Beyonce that resulted in them both getting a hepatitis shot. Also, for writers everywhere, Ken gives tips on how to write better more effective dialogue. And finally, a...||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: My One Night Stand||Netflix Recommendations, Audience Testing, & the Voice of the Mets||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Scaring Tourists and Other Delights||Ken offers tips on how to get more laughs in your life, comedy writing, &||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Take Me To Your Pilot||Pilot season is upon us, and Ken shares some misadventures of writing in Hollywood||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: The Warm-Hearted Writers of MASH||Behind-the-Scenes of MASH, writers dealing w/ actors' notes, & listener questions||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode1: Hollywood & Levine's Maiden Voyage||Award Season and Behind-the-Scenes w/ Mr. Special Effects||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Love Ken's blog
First episode exceeds expectations. This will be my favorite comedy podcast.
Not Beaver but cool. Dig the KHJ instrumental stagers.
Finally! A grown up!
Ken Levine doesn't disappoint. He knows his craft, he knows the ins and outs of show biz, and he knows how to keep your attention.
A delight, well worth listening to.