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August 31, 2006



Writing scripts that are basically variations on a theme, like the Bar Wars shows, can be either heaven or hell. Hell if you're good and if you're ambitious enough to want to create something fresh and different while still being faithful to your core premise. Heaven if you're lazy and content with rubber stamp comedy


I have to say, I absolutely love Bar Wars VI. When Sam calls the rest of the gang on the payphone and says, "Gotcha," I lost it. Sam laughing fit to kill as he tells the story to Frasier, and commenting that he had to take out a loan to pay for the whole thing is one of those priceless TV moments I'll never forget.

Ken Levine

The toughest part of writing these scripts was trying to come up with completely different stories each time. One thing I can say with pride, no two Bar Wars episodes are the same, or even similar. I wish a couple of them were better but that's different.


Well, moi gotta/gets a huge kick outta everyone sayin'"Mr. WAAAAAAAAAAAADE BOOOOOOGS!"The "Gary" tïngy got a lill' spÒÓky, methinks, after a bit.That wasn't some kind of a Venus Butterfly fury thing, was it?Stay on Groovin' Safari,"TOR

TOR Hershman

HEY! That "Anonymous" 'tis by moi.Stay on Groovin' (WTF) Safari,TOR Hershman

TOR Hershman

+ G

Tom Quigley

Loved the one bit in the episode where Sam thinks his prank has killed Gary, when, at Cheers after the funeral service, Sam, who is finally convinced Gary is really dead, offers a toast to him, calling him a "good friend and a worthy rival," then muses "Wish I'd said that at the funeral," to which Frasier remarks "It certainly would have been more appropriate than 'You can come out of there now, Gary.'"... Still laughing!


The funniest one is the very first one, where Cheers bowls against Gary's and Diane saves the day.Carla: "Bowlers don't sweat, Diane."Diane: "They do if they're wearing tweed!"I also like the first one with Rebecca (the sheep) as well as the bloody Mary one.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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