Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke
'Right now we're deep into what the phrase-makers around here call "heavy development ". Essentially that means that the studio which gives us an office, a secretary, two parking spaces, and two pay checks is patiently waiting for us to come up with a new comedy television series But ideas are hard to come by So we sit and stare, at each other and out of the window, at the tour groups being led around the studio, pitch out show ideas, and mutter to ourselves, 'is there a show in that?'. An award-winning television comedy script writer is fifteen years on from his last major success and the ideas have dried up. His agent is constantly on the phone demanding at once where the next script is coming from whilst at the same time shattering his confidence with news of other clients' roaring success, as well as demanding unswerving loyalty from him. It's a fragile, nerve-racked existence and one where the writer tragically begins to realise only the strongest survive.By turns hilariously funny, shockingly honest in it's brutal deceptions and full of raw emotion, Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke gets to the core of Hollywood society whilst at the same time holding a mirror up to all of our basest desires.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 134.6 x 213.4 x 22.9mm | 204.12g
- 07 Nov 2005
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
'It ain't pretty, but it is a hilarious tale of the life sitcom that's Hollywood.' New York Post on 'Conversations With My Agent' 'By a long way the funniest book on Hollywood since Julia Phillip's 'You'll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again'... Long's agent is is a superb comic creation.' Sunday Times on 'Conversations With My Agent' 'Rob Long's fictionalised account of his years spent as a script writer should be read by anyone who dreams of writing for television or films ... if you want an agent invest in this entertaining book.' Literary Review on 'Conversations With My Agent'
About Rob Long
Rob Long is a writer and producer in Hollywood. He began his career writing on TV's long-running 'Cheers', and served as co-executive producer in its final season. He has co-written several feature film scripts, including Just a Shot Away, currently in pre-production with a France-based production company. He is a contributing editor of National Review and Newsweek International, and writes occasionally for the Wall Street Journal. His recent book, Conversations with My Agent, chronicled his early career in television. Rob Long graduated from Yale University in 1987, and spent two years at UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television, where he has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting. He serves on the Board of Directors of My Friend's Place, an agency for homeless teens in Hollywood and the American Cinema Foundation.