Martini Shot

“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.”

Behind the scenes in the studio of the rerecording of episode “Sounds Stupid”




Rob Long

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.


My most recent book is Bigly: Donald Trump in Verse, published in October 2017 by Regnery.

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, 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.