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You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom
By Phil Rosenthal

In television, where programs can premiere and disappear in the same week, Everybody Loves Raymond reigned as America's best-loved show for nine years with more than seventeen million viewers. As the number-one sitcom, it received more than seventy Emmy nominations, including two wins for best comedy. With You're Lucky You're Funny, Phil Rosenthal takes us onstage and inside the writer's room.

Rosenthal's meteoric ascent was preceded by odd jobs, including a stint as a museum security guard, running a deli, and writing for a slew of forgettable shows—including one starring Robert Mitchum as a curmudgeonly homeless man taken in by two orphans. But when he met comedian Ray Romano, they discovered a shared lifetime of family dysfunction— and endless material for a sitcom.

Not only a chronicle of one man's rise to the peak of his profession, Rosenthal's book is also an unprecedented look at the making of a hit series: how shows are written and character developed, how comedy is refined, how network executives are outsmarted, and most important, how egos are massaged. You're Lucky You're Funny is an inspiration to anyone involved in the creative process and a must read for the show's millions of devoted fans.

Released October 19, 2006 through Viking Books.


Book Details                                               

ISBN: 0-670-03799-0
RRP: $25.95 ($34.00 CAN)
288 pages
1st serial, audio: Viking


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The creator/executive producer of TV's popular Everybody Loves Raymond tells how he became the guy in command of a winning sitcom. Forget childhood hopes of a career as cowboy, fireman or lion-tamer. Young Rosenthal wanted to be on television-that's where the laughs were. Out of the Bronx and into TV came our hero, if not on-screen, then as show-runner.

In the '90s, he moved to California, where he eventually began to thrive in situation comedy. Here, he discusses the Raymond pitch and the pilot, the casting and testing, the crew and suits and table readings, as well as the process of directing, editing and writing. Indeed, this could be an essay on the art of writing comedy for television. Like Raymond, he's a family guy. He loves his wife (actress Monica Horan, who played Amy on the show), his kids and everyone connected with the project that, after nine successful seasons, shut down last year.

But remember, there's still life in syndication. Fans seeking deep insight into star Ray Romano won't find it here. A little more is revealed about Rosenthal's fellow writers who, as may be expected, are a bit nuts. Scripts, he says, start with situations derived from their lives. Written with what-a-schmuck-I-am wit, this is passable entertainment, a kind of communiqué from the Writers' Room.


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