Ken Levine is a very successful comedy writer, having worked with his partner David Isaacs on such sitcoms as “M*A*S*H,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “The Simpsons,” and others. That would be enough career for one guy, but Levine also was a Top 40 DJ in Los Angeles (using the name Beaver Cleaver) and spent a few seasons doing play-by-play baseball broadcasts for the Baltimore Orioles, among several teams — an experience he wrote about in the very funny book, “It’s Gone! No, Wait A Minute.” A year ago, Levine started a blog, which quickly earned a bookmark in my browser and became a must-read destination.
Recently, Levine has been teaching other writer wannabes about the business with a seminar he calls The Sitcom Room. In connection with that, he recorded a 75-minute tele-seminar, in which he offers funny insights on the business and plenty of stories from his career. His simple explanation of how to write a farce should be mandatory for any aspiring writer.
There’s no video, but you can listen to (or download) the mp3 audio here.