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Robert J. Elisberg
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Robert J. Elisberg has been a commentator and contributor to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Magazine, C/NET and E! Online, and he served on the editorial board for the Writers Guild of America. He has contributed political writing to the anthology, "Clued in on Politics," 3rd edition (CQ Press).

Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and received his MFA from UCLA, where he was twice awarded the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. Not long afterwards, Elisberg sold his screenplay, "Harry Warren of the Mounties.” He was on staff of the animated series, “Flute Master,” and also co-wrote the independent film, “Yard Sale.” Most recently, he wrote a comedy-adventure screenplay for Callahan Filmworks.

Among his other writing, Elisberg's most recent novel is the adventure, The Wild Roses. He also wrote the comic novella, A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge. He co-wrote a book on world travel. Currently, he writes a tech column for the Writers Guild of America, west. He also co-wrote the song, “Just One of the Girls” for the Showtime movie “Wharf Rat,” and wrote the book for the stage musical “Rapunzel!”.

Entries by Robert J. Elisberg

The Writers Workbench: The Flashlight Edition

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:51 PM

I hadn't really expected to devote much attention to what are basically flashlights. In fact, when I came across the new series of Energizer products, I only contacted the company about reviewing one of them, an item which I thought would be appropriate for using when on the road. But...

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Pat Robertson: Flour Child

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 11:43 AM

I have to admit, sometimes I don't like writing about whatever the latest insanely stupid and offensive thing Pat Robertson has said. For one thing, my head hurts reading insanely stupid and offensive things that come out of Pat Robertson's mouth and other open orifices. For another, it seems wrong,...

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Harmony -- At Last

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:22 PM

It's only taken 17 years for me to get the chance to see Harmony again. That's the Barry Manilow-Bruce Sussman musical that had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, which I've been writing about, oh, more than occasionally... It's the story of the real-life Comedian...

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Lying in Wait, Ready to... Pounce!

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Last week, former defeated Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan said on a radio show, "We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of...

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The Writers Workbench: TV Goes Remote

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 10:51 AM

A while back, we looked at a couple of the ways that looking at television has changed, moving it from the home box in the living room, to something you watch on your computer screen - whether still at home or on the road with your notebook or even tablet....

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It Turns Out, Obamacare Actually Does Care

(11) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:07 AM

The other day, I went into my doctor for an appointment. With my new Affordable Care Act provider, the co-pay I had to make at the front window was...$5. Even the receptionist had to double-check to make sure that was right, and then she started laughing.

I don't know what...

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GOP War on Women Gets a New Host

(19) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 9:16 AM

The Far Right loves to get all heebety-jeebety upset about how Democrats say there is a Republican War on Women. Wherever would they get that idea? How dare they?

Mind you, Republicans don't do themselves a whole lot of good when they...well, talk. Merely typing words doesn't get much better....

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Finally in Harmony Again

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 9:50 AM

A year ago, I wrote here about a wonderful musical I'd seen 16 years earlier in its 1997 world premiere tryout at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. The show, Harmony, was written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, and took on a challenging, fascinating subject. It...

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Mrs. Rodgers Neighborhood

(5) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:16 AM

When Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, it left out a few things, like literally any specifics about a single GOP proposal she was attempting to laud. If the speech got praised for anything, it was that she came across as...

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All Hail Caesar

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Sid Caesar passed away on Wednesday at the age of 91. I never met the fellow. The closest I came to it was knowing Larry Gelbart who wrote on the Caesar's Hour TV show, and enjoying Sid Caesar's talent, from his larger-than-life performances to his remarkable ability to do double-talk...

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Getting All Randy

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 11:00 AM

As I've written often, today's Republican Party has a tactic that they use regularly -- find your own weakness and level the same charge against Democrats. This hopefully will get attention off Republicans and even more hopefully will confuse the public into thinking that Democrats are the real ones with...

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The Worst Thing About the Best Super Bowl Ad

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:25 PM

I was hoping for a good Super Bowl game, and it wasn't, but I at least was at a nice, congenial gathering, so all was well. That leaves the commercials to comment on. And I'll just mention one, which (for me) stood out as the best, and probably got the...

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The First, Real Wildcat Strike

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Several years back, before a Dodgers broadcast when Los Angeles was playing the Cubs in Chicago, the announcer Jerry Doggett was interviewing a former Dodgers pitcher, Jim Brewer, who was then pitching coach of the Northwestern University baseball team. Doggett made a bit of a snide quip about how not...

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The Devil Is in the Details

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 1:07 PM

You likely remember Wendy Davis. She's the Democratic Texas state senator who staged a one-person filibuster in an effort to protect women's abortion rights. She's now running for governor. Part of her story is that she was a divorced, single mother who, at the age of 19, lived in a...

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The Writers Workbench: CES 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 9:30 AM

Whatever one thinks of Las Vegas 51 weeks out of the year (and it's a good bet you're right), for one week each year the city is home to Disneyland for adults. That means that the Consumer Electronics Show is in town, the most wonderful time of the year.

CES...

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Merry Christiemess

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 1:39 PM

I was talking to a friend yesterday who commented that if anything Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said at his press conference last week -- that he knew absolutely nothing about the traffic scandal until only the day before -- wasn't true, he's in massive trouble. I replied that there's another...

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Wringing in the New Year

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:12 AM

As a public service, I was scrolling through the channel guide to see what sort of festive broadcasting would be on television New Year's Eve.

ABC is airing 30 Greatest Women in Music, followed by Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. (The holiday special which holds...

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Holding a Grudge

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 8:19 PM

This begins with full disclosure. I'm friends with film producer Michael Ewing and director Peter Segal. In fact, we're working together on a movie project I wrote that they'll produce, if the Hollywood Gods get their heads screwed on straight. So, I'm biased. Mind you, that doesn't mean I'm wrong....

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The Princess Bridesmaid

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 10:40 AM

There's a reason for this, trust me. But first the story to get to it. It's long-ish, but don't think it's a bad tale at that.

About 30 years ago or so, I was a whippersnapper assistant production executive at Universal Pictures, working directly for then-president Bob Rehme. At one...

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Dreaming of a Really White Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 10:40 AM

As you may have heard, the other day Megyn Kelly of Fox delivered the breaking story that both Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were white. This came as a result of a previous story about a black woman writing about the possibility that Santa didn't always have to...

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