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.
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.
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.
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.
… 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ken talks with the President of the WGA West, David Goodman about the state of the industry – strikes and near strikes, issues the Guild hopes to address, diversity, opportunities, the health plan, and navigating this new world of entertainment options.
Ken talks to the new WGA President, David Goodman who was also the showrunner of FAMILY GUY. David shares the process of making that show along with touching on his other credits which includes STAR TREK ENTERPRISE, FUTURAMA, THE ORVILLE, and GOLDEN GIRLS. Part 1 of a 2 part interview.
Ken reviews the 2017 Emmy Awards ceremony in his delightfully unique snarky (but accurate) way. Written and posted only hours after the annual self-love fest, Ken weighs in with his humorous take. Totally objective even though he’s bitter he didn’t win an Emmy this year. Also, the announcement of the Cheers script contest winner!
Ken and his partner wrote a pilot for HBO that they loved but the studio hated so much they tried to fire them. It’s another crazy Hollywood story but with an ending that is sweet revenge. Also, Ken’s spoof on angry radio talk-show hosts, and more info on the big contest!
Ken is unleashed. Instead of one or two topics, he has twenty. From TV, movies, sports, Broadway, hurricanes, Emmys, theme songs, songwriters, Hollywood myopia, his dad, a review, listening habits, and details on how you can win a signed CHEERS script (maybe the greatest contest prize EVER), Ken shares his take on it all.