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 »

Most Recent Episodes

Flipped Ghostbusters

Rob takes a simple, successful movie franchise and extends its financial value by rebooting it, then reversing it — which means he never has to come up with another original movie idea again.


Rob dresses up as a famous movie character and beats the stuffing out of someone dressed up as another famous movie character, and they keep doing it until they get sued.


Rob makes a series of painful confessions surrounding politics, Interstate 40, Hollywood pettiness, and trying to be happy for other people's success. He more or less pulls it off.

The Boss

Rob helps actors with their headshots and writers with their pitches and even executives with their office politics. He says to stop worrying about the boss, because the boss is only worried about the boss one level up.


Rob sends you a LinkedIn request to join your professional network and then endorses you for your many skills and then we both get lots of push alerts and notifications and we both wonder why we're on LinkedIn.


Rob discovers that recaps are a really great way to get out of watching television.

Make It Funny

Rob talks about DC and Marvel, Sunni and Shia, and whether cancer can be funny — all in three minutes. Yes, it's a stretch, but that's sort of the point.

The Marquis

Some people just like choosing from among available options.

Find It

Rob on how hard it can be to direct actors, who are hypersensitive and ego maniacal and in that respect resemble everyone else in your life and on the planet, and that's: make them think it's their idea.

Twitter Bot

Rob on Twitter bots, followers for sale, and because it's the law that he cannot be ignored, Donald J. Trump.

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