Rob Long

Rob Long

Guest/Host, Martini Shot

Rob Long is a writer and producer in Hollywood. He began his career writing and producing TV's long-running Cheers, and served as co-executive producer in its final season. During his time on the series, Cheers received two Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe awards. Mr. Long has been twice nominated for an Emmy Award, and has received a Writers Guild of America award. He continues to work in film and television in Los Angeles.

His first book, Conversations with My Agent, chronicled his early career in television. It was published in the UK by Faber & Faber, in the US by Dutton, and in France by Actes Sud. His second book, Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke, was published in November 2005 by Bloomsbury.

He is a contributing editor of National Review and the Los Angeles Times and writes occasionally for the Wall Street Journal and the BBC Radio Times (UK). His weekly radio commentary, Martini Shot, is broadcast on the Los Angeles public radio station KCRW, and is distributed nationally. It's also podcast in iTunes.

He also writes a weekly column for The National, Abu Dhabi's English-language daily newspaper.

Long is a co-founder of the fast-growing Ricochet.com, the place for smart and stimulating conversation -- on the web and mobile devices – from a center/right perspective.

Rob Long on KCRW

This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I predict that the most popular and sought after audience demographic is going to be old people, because once they figure out how to…

Key demo

This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I predict that the most popular and sought after audience demographic is going to be old people, because once they figure out how to…

from Martini Shot

This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I try to talk some sense into the most stubborn jerk I know —me — and try to make him take the advice he’s always giving to other people,…

The Rounds

This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I try to talk some sense into the most stubborn jerk I know —me — and try to make him take the advice he’s always giving to other people,…

from Martini Shot

This is Rob Long, and I got an “new email address” message that has the wrong email, and it’s emblematic of a bedrock truth about the entertainment industry: it was better when it was…

The Hollywood 'email update'

This is Rob Long, and I got an “new email address” message that has the wrong email, and it’s emblematic of a bedrock truth about the entertainment industry: it was better when it was…

from Martini Shot

More from KCRW

This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I take a long boat trip to interesting and exotic places, and end up heading back to the boat for pizza night, which is a metaphor I hope…

from Martini Shot

Director Lulu Wang brings humor to a sobering family situation in "The Farewell".

from The Treatment

Edward Goldman talks about fond art memories from hosting KCRW’s  Art Talk  for 31 years.

from Art Talk

There is a cave in southern France that contains some of the world’s most deeply hidden secrets.

from Nocturne

When Ben Berman set out to make ‘The Amazing Johnathan Documentary,’ he figured it would be a poignant film about an ailing comedian and magician.

from The Business

This week saw the long-awaited recombining of CBS and Viacom.

from Hollywood Breakdown

A national museum celebrating Korean-American heritage is one step closer to reality, with new funding announced this week and new renderings from LA-based Morphosis Architects. The…

Edward Goldman talks about plenty of sex and drama at the exhibition of British artist Sarah Lucas at the Hammer Museum.

from Art Talk

Actor Matt Bomer on getting comedic in "Papi Chulo".

from The Treatment