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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Hear the News

Rob tries to step around the nasty arguments on Facebook without stepping in any of them, and still ends up having to scrape some of them off his shoe.

Cos Play

Rob tries to talk about Comic Con the way it should be talked about — as a giant promotional event that's all business and no play.


Rob shakes his fist at progress like an old, deranged man — in other words he talks about Pokemon Go, and Hollywood, and how one is going to eat the other.

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.

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