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January 01, 1990 - December 11, 2012 + Martini Shot

Important Phone Calls listen Download

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Let This One Go listen Download

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Official Transcript listen Download

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A lot of companies now offer a cool service.  They'll take your strings of voice-mails and automatically transcribe them into text.  There's an iPhone app...

What Really Happened listen Download

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I have a friend who is a psychiatrist.  I once asked her what she does when she thinks a patient is lying to her.  "How...

David Lloyd, RIP listen Download

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In January of 1990, almost twenty years ago, I pitched a joke in the writers' room of TV's long-running, phenomenally popular comedy Cheers. The actual...

Cave listen Download

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So, every writer has a Sinatra moment – you know what I mean, a moment when you got a note or a request from the...

Part of the Process listen Download

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I have a friend who is working on a television show with two studios involved (which means two separate sets of studio executives, all giving...

What I'll Never Do Again listen

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The last time I went to New York, I got off the plane and headed to the cab line and thought: wait a minute. The...

Bip listen Download

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Not too long ago I was in a meeting with the president of a television network. The show I was working on at the time...

The Event listen Download

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In the late 1980's, a huge phone company hired a top-of-the-line consultancy to make a forecast. Cell-phone usage was growing quickly, and the phone company...

Plus Aimable listen Download

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The cliché, of course, is that American television is awful.  You know the saw: bad sitcoms, predictable dramas, tame dialogue, soft characters.  About four years...

No One Wants Westerns listen Download

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Years ago, on my first day in film school – never mind how many years ago; let's just say, enough years ago – there was...

Out of Town listen Download

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This is hard to believe but true. Not too long ago -- and when I say "not too long ago," I'm saying it from the...

Too Many Plates listen Download

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Hollywood is divided into two basic groups: the first group is the one-project types, the serial types. The second, the hedgers, the plates-in-the-air guys. Writers,...

Validation listen Download

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The rumor was all over town, and it was serious enough that my agent felt the need to call me. "It's not true," he said....