Martini Shot

By Rob Long

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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. Follow Martini Shot on Twitter (https://twitter.com/rcbl).

Episode Date
Extreme Group Behavior
7:39

This week, Rob explains the relationship between a classroom of vomiting kids and actors over-botoxing themselves. Yes, there is one. Really.

 

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May 10, 2021
This Is Where I Came In
7:11

Rob explains why there’s one standard for hackneyed dialogue in movies and TV, and a very different one for real life. And why an old song by Prince created a personal RomCom moment for him.

 

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May 02, 2021
Joe Biden, President of Show Business
7:34

In this entry from the Martini Shot archives (OK, it’s actually a thumb drive), Rob offers some advice for the newly inaugurated President Biden based on his years (and more years) of show biz experience.

 

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Apr 26, 2021
Buy This Podcast!
9:15

Rob looks into the cutting edge world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens — a way to create unique digital assets that can be bought and sold) and wonders if it may open up a new revenue stream for a certain podcast.

 

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Apr 22, 2021
Are You Excited?
7:33

In this Martini Shot Classic episode, Rob exhorts his fellow writers not to dwell in cynicism and self doubt about their new projects, but rather think of them in terms of wonder, enthusiasm, excitement, curiosity, gratitude, joy, and adventure. Strong advice — if only he could convince himself to take it.

 

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Apr 17, 2021
Getting Paid
9:22

Rob explains how studios exercise control over writers through cash flow and why often the sweetest words a writer can hear from the studio are “what’s your tax ID number?”

 

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Apr 15, 2021
Offensive
8:37

Rob explains how to master the fine art of telling an off color joke.

 

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Apr 07, 2021
Courtesy Laugh
7:53

Rob explains why it is sometimes necessary to laugh even if a joke isn’t funny and the striking similarities of a pre-school parent’s event and a Hollywood sitcom writer’s room.

 

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Apr 01, 2021
Drunk
7:48

This week, Rob coaches an actor on how to read lines like a star and reveals the secret to playing a drunk.

 

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Mar 30, 2021
Quick Change
8:42

Rob Long riffs on the many euphemisms Hollywood uses to say “you’re fired,” and reveals his slightly cynical retirement plan.

 

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Mar 22, 2021
Act Like You Don’t Know
7:09

Rob discovers he got COVID for Christmas, and finds himself living in a Hitchcock film — in his head.

 

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Mar 18, 2021
Hello? (Cough, cough)
8:59

Rob is re-reading David Allen’s “Getting Things Done,” but it’s not working out so well.

 

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Mar 16, 2021
Hollywood Wildlife
9:05

Late at night when I’m bored and distracted, I usually kill a few hours by…

 

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Mar 13, 2021
Ned’s Eulogy
4:08

He’s been talking about it for months now, so we’re thrilled to finally be presenting Rob Long’s Martini Shot. You can expect new ones on a regular basis going forward, and if you subscribe, there are a slew of classic episodes hand picked by Rob waiting for you. But enough marketing talk — on with the first one….

People come out to LA in waves, and those who come out at roughly the same time end up knowing each other…

Mar 12, 2021
The Thorn
4:09

A friend of mine told me that a certain legendary television writer and executive producer once dispensed this bit of wisdom…

Feb 11, 2021
Lies
3:19

There’s an old reporter’s saying that they use when a story or rumor perfectly illustrates the point the reporter is trying to make, “Too good to check.”

Feb 11, 2021
Five More Minutes
2:33

A friend of mine was running an action adventure show not too long ago, and he heard what I think is the worst pitch ever from a writer who wanted a free-lance episode…

Feb 11, 2021
Sounds Stupid
3:20

The other night I was out walking my dog, and as I was bending over to scoop up her nightly HazMat, I noticed a couple of large index cards on the ground…

Feb 11, 2021
Good Webster
3:38

I don’t know the exact demographics of this podcast, so sadly, I think I need to say this before I get going: Years ago, there was a show on American television called “Webster.”

Feb 11, 2021
Something Will Happen
3:42

Here’s what you need to bear in mind, for this particular story to pay off. First, I like to cook, and I have a refrigerator and freezer in my garage filled with obscure cuts of pork…

Feb 11, 2021
Ooni
4:12

I don’t have a clever way to start this, so I’m just going to start it. I just came back from a week in Costa Rica, where I went and drank ayahuasca for four nights…

Feb 11, 2021
Be Better Than
3:43

I was with some stand up comedians recently – all of them successful – and when the subject of another stand-up comedian came up…

Feb 11, 2021
I’ll Take Care of It
3:17

The worst thing you can tell anyone who nevertheless probably needs to hear it is, “Calm down.”

Feb 11, 2021
Stretch Out
4:06

There’s a great old movie called The Women — it’s from the nineteen thirties, but it still seems hip and contemporary…

Feb 11, 2021
Hotel Story
4:26

I don’t know how to tell this story, and I can’t imagine that I won’t regret it. But here goes…

Feb 11, 2021