July 16, 2007

Obsession of the moment: Ken Levine

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So first, let's admit it -- that at the age of 57, television screenwriter Ken Levine is by far the oldest person yet I've featured here at this admittedly youth-oriented site. Not to mention that Levine is a television screenwriter, not exactly the most daring or subversive artistic medium out there, which is what CCLaP is usually dedicated to; although make no mistake, Levine's worked on some classic and funny shows -- M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, even the "Dancin' Homer" episode of The Simpsons, even though his resume is also littered with such projects as AfterMASH and Mannequin 2: On the Move.

How Levine has become one of my daily obsessions, then, is because of a daily blog he maintains; where he not only gleefully recounts old stories of his Hollywood salad days (both the impressive and the embarrassing), but also offers up wonderfully honest advice about how to break into the business, as well as displaying an honesty about his show-business opinions that is rarely seen from people still active in that industry. It may not change your life, but Levine's blog is definitely an entertaining and thought-provoking addition to anyone's day, especially those who love getting an insider's glimpse on how the "Hollywood machine" actually sometimes works.

Pictured: Levine with radio personality Doug Tracht, at Los Angeles comedy club HA HA. Photo courtesy Doug Tracht.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 9:26 AM, July 16, 2007. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Nonfiction | Profiles |