Tag: show business

In this Martini Shot Classic episode, Rob exhorts his fellow writers not to dwell in cynicism and self doubt about their new projects, but rather think of them in terms of wonder, enthusiasm, excitement, curiosity, gratitude, joy, and adventure. Strong advice — if only he could convince himself to take it.

 

Rob explains how studios exercise control over writers through cash flow and why often the sweetest words a writer can hear from the studio are “what’s your tax ID number?”

 

Rob explains how to master the fine art of telling an off color joke.

 

Rob explains why it is sometimes necessary to laugh even if a joke isn’t funny and the striking similarities of a pre-school parent’s event and a Hollywood sitcom writer’s room.

 

This week, Rob coaches an actor on how to read lines like a star and reveals the secret to playing a drunk.

 

Rob Long riffs on the many euphemisms Hollywood uses to say “you’re fired,” and reveals his slightly cynical retirement plan.

 

Late at night when I’m bored and distracted, I usually kill a few hours by…

 

A friend of mine was running an action adventure show not too long ago, and he heard what I think is the worst pitch ever from a writer who wanted a free-lance episode…

The other night I was out walking my dog, and as I was bending over to scoop up her nightly HazMat, I noticed a couple of large index cards on the ground…

Here’s what you need to bear in mind, for this particular story to pay off. First, I like to cook, and I have a refrigerator and freezer in my garage filled with obscure cuts of pork…

I don’t know the exact demographics of this podcast, so sadly, I think I need to say this before I get going: Years ago, there was a show on American television called “Webster.”

I don’t have a clever way to start this, so I’m just going to start it. I just came back from a week in Costa Rica, where I went and drank ayahuasca for four nights…

The worst thing you can tell anyone who nevertheless probably needs to hear it is, “Calm down.”

I was with some stand up comedians recently – all of them successful – and when the subject of another stand-up comedian came up…

There’s a great old movie called The Women — it’s from the nineteen thirties, but it still seems hip and contemporary…

I don’t know how to tell this story, and I can’t imagine that I won’t regret it. But here goes…

The scariest words in the English language are, “You don’t remember me, do you?”

This week Bridget Phetasy interviews Rosie Moss, actress, waitress, Bar/Bat Mitzvah coach, Hebrew school teacher, very busy human. Rosie shares her first experience on a network show in an episode of The Connors. She and Bridget discuss traversing the chasm between your dreams and reality, the curse of always wanting more, why the people you surround yourself with are what make you successful, and how touch football saved her.

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Nicola and Giulia (Julia) Colombo were Italian immigrants who settled in Camden, NJ and did what Italian Catholics of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries did – have lots and lots of kids. Nine of them to be exact and three more who died in infancy. To borrow a phrase from Dolly Parton, Mama […]

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