Just in time for the Entourage Movie, eBay has saved Johnny’s Bananas for a 4th season! Listen in on the writer’s room featuring staff writers Jon Daly, Gil Ozeri, Jake Fogelnest, Shelby Fero, Joe Mande, John Gemberling, Gabe Delahaye, Tom Scharpling, and John Levenstein as they create a hilarious season of the only show you’ll be watching on StreamBay this year!
And the timing hasn’t worked out yet, but I really want to get John Mulaney to play a young man on [Kroll Show] because so far he’s only played an old man, so it would be more impressive if we also could see him playing a young man.
In this episode, I get to chat with the very funny John Levenstein. John is an Emmy-winning comedy writer whose credits include: Kroll Show, Arrested Development, Portlandia, The John Larroquette Show and The Life And Times Of Tim. He also plays a judge on Kroll Show and voices John the Rat on Portlandia. We talk about everything from how an economics major gets into comedy to Emmy parties to writing for Michael Cera.
JOHN LEVENSTEIN’S BIO
John Levenstein graduated from Yale in 1981 and has been a professional comedy writer since then. In the 1980s, he wrote screenplays for Paramount, MGM, Warner Brothers and other studios, along with sketch comedy and music videos for Michael Nesmith. His work with Nesmith culminated in the NBC show “Television Parts,” featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Bobcat Goldthwaite and many more.
Starting in the 1990s, he mainly wrote half-hour comedies, including “The John Larroquette Show,” “The Secret Lives of Men,” and “Arrested Development,” for which he won an Emmy as a writer and co-executive producer.
More recently, he has returned to sketch comedy, including “The Life and Times of Tim,” “Portlandia,” and “Kroll Show,” on which he serves as an executive producer.
John is a regular reader in the Los Angeles first-person narrative forum Sit ‘n Spin. He plays Judge Levenstein on the upcoming season of “Kroll Show.” On “Portlandia,” he can be heard as the voice of John the Rat in a series of stop-motion cartoons.
Ok so fun story. In the airport, I kept thinking I was seeing pseudo-celebrities, like I thought I saw John Levenstein, then Tim Allen, then William Fichtner, but they were all false alarms. But THEN I thought back to a dude I was next to in a security line who I thought I had sat next to before, but I realized its fucking Marty from Survivor! This is exciting to no one but me, but VERY exciting to me.