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Monday, August 20, 2018

Another secret of comedy by Ken Levine

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG does pretty much everything right. It started in England and continues on Broadway. For all the heavy “important” plays that have come and gone over the past…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

Friday Questions everybody. Come and get ‘em.Dsull leads off with a question about the five sitcoms I listed as my all-time favorites. With the exception Seinfeld, all your favorite sitco…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

The incredibly stupid new Oscar rules by Ken Levine

I was going to do a post about Kathleen Turner’s JEWEL OF THE NILE comments but with the Motion Picture Academy drastically changing Oscar rules I thought I would address that today and sa…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

What a concept! Friday Questions actually on Friday.Jim S has a question based on a recent podcast with casting director Sheila Guthrie (if you haven’t listened you’re missing out on tw…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT -- my review by Ken Levine

When first-run movies play in theaters (you remember theaters), they’re always preceded by four or ten trailers. And the trailers are always movies geared to the same people who came to s…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

"You tell 'em, Hamlet!" by Ken Levine

Here was an interesting question posed to me as a writer – do I mind if audiences talk back to the actors during performances of my work? It’s a cultural issue. For some cultures it…

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

If Chrisopher Nolan re-booted MARY POPPINS by Ken Levine

Memo:FROM: Christopher Nolan TO: President of Walt Disney PicturesSUBJECT: Re-boot of MARY POPPINSAfter watching the original 1964 movie once I know how we could improve this beloved chi…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

OCEAN'S EIGHT -- my review by Ken Levine

Here’s the REAL plot of caper movie, OCEAN'S EIGHT – a movie studio is trying to steal $100,000,000 from unsuspecting theatergoers.What a blatant cash grab. Award-winning actresses cas…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

EP77: How to make your writing funnier! by Ken Levine

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-s…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

On the road again by Ken Levine

When Romcoms Go BadJust back from a couple of weeks in New York, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids – the typical east coast swing. In no particular order, here are some observations and thought…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The MEAN GIRLS musical by Ken Levine

Greetings from Gotham.  Congrats to THE BAND'S VISIT, which was the big Tony musical winner last night.   I saw it and thought it was the right choice.I also saw, with great a…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

FQ’s are ready. Come get ‘em while they’re hot.McAlvie starts us off. I hate it when they colorize original b&w movies, because something I can't put my finger on what gets lost.…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Here's to the losers! by Ken Levine

As I mentioned last week, I saw SUNSET BOULEVARD recently, Billy Wilder’s classic from 1950. You would think it won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It didn’t. Another worthy f…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hello, I'm listening... by Ken Levine

I’m always in awe of those technicians who set up the acoustics for major theatres like the Disney Hall in Los Angeles. It’s such a baffling science. Sound travels in mysterious ways …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

It's easier to write them than go to them by Ken Levine

When you make your travel plans, try not to fly to New York during a Nor’easter. Back from Fun City, where I was really lucky to get INTO Fun City. I had a play in the ANDTheatre Compa…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

The NEW Annie Hall by Ken Levine

Or should I say the "old" Annie Hall?   A senior center in Manhattan has done a reboot of the Woody Allen classic ANNIE HALL. I'll pause here for a moment to say this is not a…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Is there a harder job...? by Ken Levine

... than host of the Oscars?Jimmy Kimmel hosts his second Oscarcast tonight.  (I will be reviewing it.  Check out my podcast.)  I thought he did a very good job last year, alt…

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

RIP David Ogden Stiers by Ken Levine

Devastating news that David Ogden Stiers has passed away.  He was only 75.   Probably best known for playing Dr. Charles Emerson Winchester on MASH he had a long distinguished…

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

I've got some theatre coming up by Ken Levine

I've got a bunch of theatre pieces being produced in March and April.  Depending upon which continent you're on come see one.My short play, THE HOOK UP gets two productions.  March…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Are spec scripts dead? by Ken Levine

There was a recent article in the LA TIMES proclaiming that spec screenplays are now dead. For quite some time studios would buy these scripts written on speculation for goodly amounts and…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Come see my short play by Ken Levine

I have a number of short plays playing in different festivals.  These are generally evenings of ten-minute plays.  Theatres seek submissions and I send off material.   An…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Times they have a-changed by Ken Levine

There’s nothing writers enjoy more than hearing or reading about other writers’ horror stories. It’s not schadenfreude per se (okay, maybe a little); it’s more that we all have the…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tips for young playwrights by Ken Levine

For a TV writer or a playwright, there’s nothing like seeing your first production. After God knows how many specs, one acts, and plays that never saw the light of day, the feeling can …

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

MY PLAYBILL -- Aren't you impressed? by Ken Levine

When the musical I co-wrote was produced I was asked to submit my bio for the program. The trouble is, if I list that I am primarily a TV writer it’s like putting a big target on my …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

If they ever did a re-boot of MASH by Ken Levine

The new TV trend is to do reboots of classic TV series. WILL & GRACE, X-FILES, ROSEANNE, FULL HOUSE, and others are in the works including MAD ABOUT YOU.So what about MASH? Why not? …

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

How to memorize scripts by Ken Levine

Based on a reader’s question I surveyed a number of very successful actors and actresses to learn how they memorize scripts. Their answers were all fascinating and wildly different. T…

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Monday, January 1, 2018

My New Years resolutions by Ken Levine

Happy New Year! Here are my New Year’s resolutions:Throw out my Miramax DVD's.Finally watch THIS IS US.Get ALMOST PERFECT on Netflix or Hulu.Go to the gym at least twice a week. (My gym…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

For those who hate theatre by Ken Levine

We all talk about how great the theatre is. I'm writing for the theatre. I love it. But in the interest of fairness, I present the opposing view. From British comedienne Sara Pascoe:

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Come see my plays this weekend! by Ken Levine

I have two (count ‘em – TWO) ten-minute one act comedies playing this weekend off Broadway. And by off Broadway I mean the San Fernando Valley. They’re part of an evening of one-act…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Comedy Geography by Ken Levine

As I’ve mentioned on occasion, I’m in a weekly improv workshop taught by the masterful Andy Goldberg. (Notice I've never mentioned whether or not I’m any good?) A few years ago we&nbs…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

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

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, an…

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