“I’m Rob Long, and this is Martini Shot…”
When you’re filming a movie or a television show, when it’s the last shot of the day, the First Assistant Director will call out, This is the Martini Shot!
Meaning: after this shot is done, we’re calling it a day. After this shot, you get your martini.
I call these stories “Martini Shots” because they’re exactly the kinds of stories we tell — and lessons we learn — after we’ve wrapped for the day. Stories about Hollywood and the media, about living and working in the entertainment business, and about living and working in general.
And like a good martini, they’re short enough to enjoy more than one.
“Every week, since 2004, Rob writes and records a short commentary for KCRW, Los Angeles’ public radio station, called “Martini Shot.” It’s broadcast on Wednesdays at 4:44pm, but most people (over 2 million of them) listen to it as podcast.”
Writer, Television Producer, and Podcast Host in Manhattan, New York
Rob Long has been a television writer and producer for a long time. Longer, frankly, than anyone could have predicted. He’s a co-founder of the conversation and podcast network, Ricochet, a regular contributor to Commentary magazine and the Washington Examiner, and a contributing editor at National Review.
Early career milestones include being writer and co-executive producer of television comedy Cheers.
Later career milestones include a string of cancelled television shows, two books, a weekly commentary on public radio, a column for the English-language Abu Dhabi-based newspaper, The National and occasional writing for Time and (what was then) Newsweek. A contributing editor to National Review magazine.
My 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. My second book, Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke, was published in November 2005 by Bloomsbury.
Co-creator and Executive Producer of Sullivan & Son. Executive Producer of “Kevin Can Wait” on CBS.
Available to show-run whatever needs show-running.
Currently writing. Or pretending to.
Co-founder of Ricochet.com, fast growing podcast empire.
More to come, if I can stop eating the entire bread basket in restaurants.
Can be found in New York and Venice Beach.