KCRW's Martini Shot

KCRW's Martini Shot


Veteran TV writer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life with Martini Shot, a four-minute weekly commentary heard during KCRW's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.More from KCRW's Martini Shot »

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Rob offers a depressing, comparison between being the executive producer of a television show, being an executive producer of a television show, and being president of the United States.

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Rob offers a soothing way to ring in 2017.

My Friend's Place, 2016

Rob take a break from complaining about everything and worrying about stuff he can't change and does something meaningful and concrete — and then goes right back to the complaining and worrying.

Fine Tobacco

Today's celebrities try to sell you wine and cigarettes and hair products and low calorie beer. Also Studebakers and toxic breath freshener. In other words, it's hard to be a celebrity pitchperson


Rob comes up with a better and more movie-star name for Benedict Cumberbatch. Archie Leach became Cary Grant; Frances Gumm became Judy Garland, and Benedict Cumberbatch should become Batch Benjamin. Otherwise he'll never make it big.


Rob makes a glancing but significant reference to the election results, but promises not to talk politics. Instead, he talks politics-adjacent.


This holiday season, Rob's declaring multi-device bankruptcy.

Being a regular

Rob makes fun of a friend of because he's relentlessly focused and totally impossible to distract, then realizes that he's actually very successful and happy because of these very traits, which is often the way it is with people we make fun of.


Pretty much every entertainment device since the magic lantern, since cave people sitting around a campfire, got hot, was dangerous, and could explode. The Samsung Galaxy 7 fits in a long tradition.

Someone else's money

What would it be like to have your own magical and always-full ATM? Sort of the way Time Warner must feel, as it approaches being bought by AT&T — a new and endless source of money to spend.

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