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Conversations with My Agent (and Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke) [Kindle Edition]

Rob Long
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Book Description

Barely out of film school, Rob Long struck the jackpot and landed a job on the phenomenally successful TV sitcom, Cheers. However, with the demise of the show, Long was faced with the question, ‘Is there life after Cheers?’ Mercilessly witty about the daunting process of setting up a new series and getting it on air, these two books tell the absurd tale of what came next.

Getting from pitch to pilot is a tricky path to navigate successfully, from making non-negotiable changes and deal-breaking edits, combined with accommodating the whims of studios, networks and agents, often the finished product ends up a long way from where the script-writer started. With the help of his agent, her constant demands, monstrous salesmanship, brutal irony and unswerving loyalty, Long’s career fluctuates from wannabe to player, from award-winning script-writer to burnt out has-been.

And it's all, as he says 'half true'.

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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)

Book Description

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny interesting and educational. 11 Nov. 2014
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I heard a excerpt from this on BBC Radio 4 years ago, bought it and read it all through. I liked it: it provides an insight to the world behind sitcoms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please! 1 Nov. 2014
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Fantastic insight into the business of Hollywood. This was laugh out loud funny.
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