167 episodes

Hollywood & Levine looks at the world of entertainment, pop culture, screenwriting, and life, and takes none of it seriously. The point is to make you laugh, although useful information might accidentally slip through. Hosted by Emmy-winning writer/baseball announcer/talk show host, Ken Levine, Hollywood & Levine will feature commentary, war stories on Ken’s career (MASH, Cheers, Frasier, Simpsons), interviews, writing advice, movie reviews, snarky award show recaps, tall tales from his baseball and radio career, segments from old broadcasts, improv sketches, answering listener questions, and more. It’s a fun, fast-paced hour of humor, nonsense, and God knows what.

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Hollywood & Levine looks at the world of entertainment, pop culture, screenwriting, and life, and takes none of it seriously. The point is to make you laugh, although useful information might accidentally slip through. Hosted by Emmy-winning writer/baseball announcer/talk show host, Ken Levine, Hollywood & Levine will feature commentary, war stories on Ken’s career (MASH, Cheers, Frasier, Simpsons), interviews, writing advice, movie reviews, snarky award show recaps, tall tales from his baseball and radio career, segments from old broadcasts, improv sketches, answering listener questions, and more. It’s a fun, fast-paced hour of humor, nonsense, and God knows what.

    EP167: Comedy Suggestions While Quarantined

    EP167: Comedy Suggestions While Quarantined

    On this week's Hollywood and Levine Podcast, Ken Levine puts together a list of over 60 of his favorite comedy movies worth seeing whilst you're locked on in quarantine. There’s nothing you can do and nowhere you can go, so you might as well spend the time laughing at some of the best comedies of all time. 

    • 36 min
    EP166: More with Comedy Writer Jay Kogen

    EP166: More with Comedy Writer Jay Kogen

    This week, comedy writer Jay Kogen discusses his time working on FRASIER, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, and shares stories about his work on the huge hit TV show THE SIMPSONS.

    • 25 min
    EP165: The Birth Of The Simpsons

    EP165: The Birth Of The Simpsons

    Ken interviews Jay Kogen, one of the original writers of THE SIMPSONS. He’s worked on many great shows and won an Emmy for a script of FRASIER. In part-one of this two-parter, Jay talks about breaking in, learning from Garry Shandling, and the early days of THE SIMPSONS.

    • 25 min
    EP164: And now for the play-by-play

    EP164: And now for the play-by-play

    With the help of celebrity interviewer, Arlen Peters, Ken discusses his “other” career – that of a major league baseball play-by-play announcer. How he broke in, why he broke in, the stories and lessons along the way doing both minor and major league broadcasting (while maintaining a writing career). It’s not so much a “baseball” episode as “Walter Mitty” episode.

    • 52 min
    EP163: All things FRASIER

    EP163: All things FRASIER

    In the second part of his discussion with David Lee, the co-creator of FRASIER, they get into the creation, casting, tone, and speculation over whether there will ever be a reboot of this iconic series. If you’re a fan of FRASIER, this episode is not to be missed.

    • 24 min
    EP162: Meet FRASIER co-creator David Lee

    EP162: Meet FRASIER co-creator David Lee

    David Lee was a showrunner on THE JEFFERSONS and CHEERS and co-creator of WINGS and FRASIER. He’s an Emmy winning writer/director/producer. In part one of this two part discussion, he discusses breaking into the business, THE JEFFERSONS, CHEERS, and the rigors of creating their first series, WINGS. Next week is all FRASIER.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

Astrida’sEcho ,

Hollywood legend (giving back to Ken)

Ken Levine has decades of experience in Hollywood that he distills into a witty and insightful podcast.

He and his partner David Isaacs are screenwriting legends with astonishing credits for landmark programs: MASH, Cheers, The Simpsons, Frasier.

As a fan of his blog for over a decade, the podcast has added so much to his engaging, educative and illuminating style.

I was not paid for this effusive review. I’m a genuine fan from England who loves the podcast and the man, and wants to give back in the least onerous way possible - a nice review.

@KosmicKris ,

One of the best podcasts out there!

I cannot recommend this highly enough. Every episode is interesting and Ken has a warm and engaging style. As someone who loved US TV in the 70s, 80s and 90s this is a treasure trove of stories!

fjrbl ,

Pure Class

30 (or so) minutes of sheer bliss. This is what a podcast should be - structured, concentrated and wildly entertaining - no 'filler', just a mant at the heart of the entertainment industry at the top of his game, and spilling many delicious beans..

Informative, enlightening and so so funny - Ken is a class act all the way - you feel like you are sat beside him at a dinner party or a bar, and he is regaling you with tales (and not in a boastful way). What a raconteur, and what delightful company.

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