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Rob Long
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13 Aug 1996
The author tells the story of his life in the US television business, from his job as a writer for "Cheers", then its demise and how he coped with starting from scratch again, and through the ins and outs of getting a series on television. The book also provides a view of the industry as a whole.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (13 Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571176070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571176076
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 828,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The funniest and wittiest thing to come out of Tinseltown since Curb Your Enthusiasm (Arena on Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke)

My book of the year ... There's simply no more reliable guide to contemporary Hollywood (Evening Standard Books of the Year)

Very, very funny ... as riveting and real as gossip. Indeed, there's a brilliant section on the nature and meaning of Hollywood gossip ... There's just enough moral weight in this hugely enjoyable book to make you wonder if it's all really worth it (Guardian)

His novel within a novel within a script is a hilarious, shocking and honest account of how Hollywood really works (Daily Mirror)

There are numerous passage here that still chime gruesomely with present-day experience, as Long's naïve positively is met head- on by his agent's crushingly cynical reminders that he's just a writer . This isn't just a showbiz humour but Jewish humour (Christopher Fowler Independent 2014-06-16) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Rob Long's two brilliant, funny and ironical books about what really goes on behind the scenes in Hollywood are now published in one volume for the first time --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly fun but quite flimsy 2 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback
This is a fun enough read which details the life of writer/producer Rob Long and his attempts, after writing for and producing the final two years of Cheers, to launch his own sitcom. It's fairly amusing stuff, and I can see why at the time it was published it might have been considered a quite fascinating insight in to how television is made, but in these days where showrunners like Russel T.Davies publish an enormous book detailing how they ran their programme, and there's extensive interviews with those behinds the scenes on various sites like The AV Club, you won't learn anything particularly new here.

What makes it worth reading is Long's relationship with his egotistical and quite bizarre agent, and how he's treated by those in the industry at times, but as a lot of it is written in script format it's a very slim read, and only takes a couple of hours to finish.

An enjoyable holiday read then, and if you don't expect too much from it you'll probably enjoy it a fair bit. It's just a shame it's not more detailed and that Long chooses to not name anyone in the business, either!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 3 Feb 2012
By susie
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A light-hearted, quick read about script-writer Rob Long's quest for a job in 'the business' and his attempts to get his sit-com on TV. In parts it is hilarious, particularly the conversations with his agent and the parts about the absurdity of Hollywood. His second book Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke is also very funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood underbelly 19 Nov 2012
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Long, a writer and show runner, on Cheers, chronicles the tribulations of writing TV for a living through a series of recreated chats with his agent (and others) as he attempts to get a new show off the ground. Often hilarious, sometimes touching, this is a wonderful insight into the not so glamourous business of TV. The follow up -- Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke is even better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, clever quick read 8 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Conversations with my agent succeeds on three levels: as a quick introduction to writing for television, as a morality tale about overnight success in Hollywood, and as a humor book. I've read almost everything there is to read about screenwriting, and this book was by far the most enjoyable in an overcrowded, turgid genre. It wasn't deep, but it sure was fun -- and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and informative look at sitcom producing. 20 Nov 1999
By Thomas M. Sipos - Published on Amazon.com
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This quick read is full of funny scenes as the author labors to bring his sitcom onto the air. He has a rare (in Hollywood) modesty; he drops no names although he badmouths no one.
He doesn't even name the sitcom he managed to get on the air and which he discusses throughout the book (it was PIG STY, which ran on UPN for a season).
He's currently producing LOVE AND MONEY for CBS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, funny tale of a queer world 6 April 2000
By R. Spell - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, written in an unusual witty style. He admits some of his luck to get in the business and how quickly it can be taken away. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about the business AND be entertained.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good 29 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book reads like something that was quickly banged off the type-writer while the author was waiting for his agent to get him a job...which is actually one of its strong points, as well as its weakness. It's a slight book, but that also is why it is so highly readable, as though a smart and funny buddy were telling you some anecdotes over some beers. It gives inside insight into the machinations of the L.A./Show Biz world. It is funny. And you can feel in the subtext that the writer is DESPERATE that he have a success soon, or, God forbid, he's going to have to go work for an advertising agency. This tension ads to the book, too.
4.0 out of 5 stars Rob Long's agent is one funny guy. And the two play well off each ... 4 July 2014
By Raymond H. Smeeth - Published on Amazon.com
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Rob Long's agent is one funny guy. And the two play well off each other. Delightfully charming. Wish there were a sequel in the works. Would work well as an audio book, I think.
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