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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Tony Awards -- rehearsals by Ken Levine

Almost better than attending the Tony’s is attending the Tony’s rehearsal. This week I got to watch two of them. I kept hope that actually being in Radio City the committee might say,…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Barbra Streisand in concert by Ken Levine

Seeing Barbra Streisand in concert is a big deal. A BIG deal. She rarely performs concerts. And when she does the tickets are usually $2000 a head. So I could either see Barbra Streisand…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

One actor, one desk, two phones by Ken Levine

In her Playbill bio, Ms. Mode notes that since 2001 FULLY COMMITTED has been one of the ten most produced plays in the United States. Very impressive. And not to take anything away from it…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Camelot revisited by Ken Levine

There have been a couple of Camelots for TV comedy writers -- idyllic places to work. MTM in the ‘70s and Paramount in the ‘80s and ‘90s. I’m privileged to say I worked at both.…

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Happy Birthday, Neil Simon by Ken Levine

Since he doesn't have a Facebook wall to write on I'll post my birthday wishes here.   Neil Simon is 89 today.  Truly one of my inspirations and heroes.  It was a great h…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

In praise of Alan Alda by Ken Levine

Alan Alda, quite simply, is one of the best actors I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Known primarily for his role as Hawkeye on MASH and a name used every week in the New York Tim…

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

When you have a show out of town by Ken Levine

Back from Philadelphia where my play, A OR B? is currently running at the neighboring Hatboro Village Theatre.  A OR B? was originally presented at the Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles, bu…

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Hollywood's latest scam revealed by Ken Levine

Here’s one of those feel-good Hollywood stories you rarely hear. Scott David was fired as casting director of CRIMINAL MINDS. Now, I don’t know Scott David. I have no idea whether h…

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Why I became a playwright by Ken Levine

It’s not for the same reasons Neil Simon did. Before becoming a playwright, Neil Simon was a very successful television writer. Even wrote on prestige shows like SGT. BILKO and CAESAR’…

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Wanna see my play? by Ken Levine

My play A OR B? gets its east coast premiere this Friday in Hatboro, Pa. (just outside Philadelphia).  I couldn't be more excited.   And the following weekend I'll be there fo…

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In appreciation by Ken Levine

This is a post to thank actors. (I hope I don't get drummed out of the Writers Guild for this.) They do a lot of work, give their time and talent for free. (A few later make $30,000,000 a …

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This is AMAZING! From GREASE LIVE by Ken Levine

Carrie Havel was the Associate Director on GREASE LIVE.  This is what she posted on Facebook.  What you'll then see is the scene on the left and Carrie in the control room calling …

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New York's latest outrageous rip off. For everyone who's ever been robbed in Times Square by Ken Levine

No one takes advantage of people like New York. I was there one 4th of July and went into the city to see the fireworks show. I noticed that parking lots that normally charge $20 charged $…

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

My 2015 Emmy Review by Ken Levine

Time for my annual snarky Emmycast review. Last night’s show was not as bad as the year the five reality hosts presided over the Emmys (asking Heidi Klum to do comedy is like asking your …

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

My reaction to the 2015 Emmy nominations by Ken Levine

Well, the knock on the Emmys has always been it’s the same shows vying every year. Not so anymore. Today’s announcement of this year’s nominations make it very clear – we’ve en…

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

For anyone who hates assholes that text in theaters... by Ken Levine

You're going to love this.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

R.I.P. Roger Rees by Ken Levine

So sorry to hear of the passing of Roger Rees. He was 71. For several years he played Robin Colcord on CHEERS. Roger was the consummate actor and consummate gentleman. I always thoug…

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Come see a Levine & Isaacs pilot by Ken Levine

The Whitefire Theatre in fabulous Sherman Oaks (the heart of the San Fernando Valley theater and auto repair district) is staging a night of three TV pilots that never made it to air. One i…

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Let's introduce Tennesee Williams and the band by Ken Levine

One of my pet peeves going to concerts is when the singer interrupts a song to throw in some patter or introductions. Songs tell a story and the illusion is destroyed once the singer steps …

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The worst Broadway musical you'll probably love by Ken Levine

 In keeping with yesterday's theme -- success can come despite flawed scripts.  And because the Tonys are this Sunday (as if anybody cares)...If there ever was a bulletproof Broadw…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Save L.A.'s theater scene by Ken Levine

A TV writer friend of mine used to be an actor. I once asked why he switched. He said, “Writing I can do myself anytime. But as an actor, to practice my craft I have to be hired.” I…

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

My PLAYBILL bio -- aren't you impressed? by Ken Levine

One of my plays was produced in Los Angeles last year.  Who knows?  Maybe someday I'll get to Broadway.   When (if) I do, I'll be asked to write my bio for the PLAYBILL.   The trouble …

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day by Ken Levine

Most guys don’t love Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday designed to trap them. If you’re dating more than one woman, you’re dead. If you get the wrong gift, you’re dead. If the g…

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Monday, February 9, 2015

THE LAST FIVE YEARS -- My review by Ken Levine

Usually movie musicals are lavish spectacles. Hugh Jackman and a thousand peasants. Julie Andrews and Nazis. Giant budgets, and in the case of INTO THE WOODS, giants. Very rarely does …

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

My favorite Neil Simon movie by Ken Levine

Well, it was sure fun hosting for TCM.  Hope to do it again sometime.  Last night I showed my favorite Neil Simon movie, THE HEARTBREAK KID.  Here is my script for the intro and outro. …

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Maybe my favorite bad review by Ken Levine

I've posted this before, years ago, but it's one of my all-time favorites.  Do you remember a comedian named Gallagher?  I think he's still around.  His basic act was smashing watermelons…

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

Got a bunch of Neil Simon movies to host tonight on TCM starting at 8 in the East and 5 in the West… including one of my favorites, BILOXI BLUES. So join me on the TV. Turning to the …

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Neil Simon meets the Rat Pack by Ken Levine

This was my wraparound for COME BLOW YOUR HORN on TCM.  As you might be able to tell, it wasn't my favorite.  Some much better movies on tap for this Friday night. INTRO: Hi, I’m Ken L…

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

INTO THE WOODS -- My review by Ken Levine

This is a rave review for a movie that a lot of people didn’t like. It’s based on a musical I loved that a lot of people didn’t like. The music was composed by a genius who leaves …

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Neil Simon (and me) on TCM by Ken Levine

Here's the info from the TCM website on the Neil Simon Film Festival that begins this Friday.  Just click here.   There will be 17 Neil Simon movies shown the month of January, hosted by …

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Friday, December 5, 2014

PETER PAN LIVE -- My review by Ken Levine

Friday Questions will not be seen this week so that we can bring you this special program. Friday Questions will return in its normal time next week. But now, we proudly present: PETER P…

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