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You're Lucky You're Funny Audiobook

You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom

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Publisher's Summary

For nearly 10 years no TV comedy was a popular or beloved as Everybody Loves Raymond.

In You're Lucky You're Funny, Phil Rosenthal, the creator and executive producer of the show, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the making of a number one smash-hit sitcom. Based on Ray Romano's actual life, the show also took much of its material from Phil's equally, and hysterically, dysfunctional family characters and experiences.

Besides being one of the funniest books ever written about television, You're Lucky You're Funny is one of the most illuminating, Phil offers an unprecedented look at the making of a hit show, considering everything from casting to writing to production to managing egos to keeping a series fresh after it has comfortably settled in for the long haul.

For anyone who loves comedy, for the millions of devoted fans of Everybody Love Raymond, and for all the aspiring writers who are edging their way toward Hollywood, You're Lucky You're Funny will be a gift and an inspiration.

©2006 Phil Rosenthal; (P)2006 Phoenix Audio

What the Critics Say

"Like listening to a very long and funny stand-up routine." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jan Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-12-13
    Jan Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I was lucky to find this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Phil Rosenthal has mastered the art of story telling. I never watched a full episode of Raymond, until after I I heard Phil discuss the making of the episodes. I then watched the first season on Netflix and I got an amazing education of the art of writing comedy for television.

    If you thing you might want to write for TV or for yourself for that matter, this is a must have in your library.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a very real book. There are no made up lines just to fit into the book. Everything that Phil talks about is meaningful to him and he presents his material in a light and funny manner, without ever getting jokey.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure what my favorite scene of the book would be, although there are quite a few moments that I remember reading and thinking this is very interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud more than once from reading this book. It is heartfelt and genuine,


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the read.

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    Aaron 01-30-13
    Aaron 01-30-13
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    "We're lucky he's funny!"
    Would you listen to You're Lucky You're Funny again? Why?

    I've already listened to this twice!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phil Rosenthal has an incredible story and it's very inspiring for those of us who are working on creating a career as a writer or actor.


    Have you listened to any of Phil Rosenthal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book of Phil's that I've listened to, but I've seen every episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, his TV series, multiple times and consider it to be the best-written, best-acted, best-directed sitcom of all-time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was touched when Phil talked about his family and how ultimately family is the most important thing to him, and it's his experiences with his family that inspired his TV series.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to break into the entertainment industry, as well as anyone who wants to hear the inside scoop from one of TV's most successful showrunners.

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    Phil Hudson Santa Fe, NM, USA 10-19-12
    Phil Hudson Santa Fe, NM, USA 10-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great For Anyone Interested in Show Biz"
    Would you listen to You're Lucky You're Funny again? Why?

    Yes. This book, amid the funny storytelling is ripe with insider info into how Hollywood works. As a wannabe writer, this helped me see the inside a little bit better than I would have expected.


    What other book might you compare You're Lucky You're Funny to and why?

    Bossy Pants by Tina Fey - Both give great insights and explain how their lives led them to a life of comedy and helped shape their artistic talents in the television format.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed-out-loud several times. Great story telling.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the investment!

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    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-26-12
    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great if you love sitcoms"
    If you could sum up You're Lucky You're Funny in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, humorous, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You're Lucky You're Funny?

    I liked the audio of his various speeches (Emmy's, Hofstra...)


    Have you listened to any of Phil Rosenthal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The making of the last great traditional family sitcom.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never been a huge fan of Everybody Loves Raymond, I've always just thought it was a cute show and watched it sometimes in syndication. However, I love sitcoms in general (although I'm over the multi-camera format now, as is most of America I think). This book was just great if you're curious about how you get to make a sitcom. His early life was interesting enough but I really got into it when he started getting into the Raymond years. I might listen to it again at some point.

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    Joseph Grose Pointe Woods, MI, United States 03-05-12
    Joseph Grose Pointe Woods, MI, United States 03-05-12
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    "Fantastic book about a fantastic show"

    I was a huge fan of "Everybody Loves Raymond" and this is an absolute essential for anyone who enjoyed the TV show as much as I did. You really get a great perspective of all the backstage problems that the writers had with the studio executives, something I don't think a viewer really thinks about when you watch an episode. He also talks a lot about his own family and parents, who were the inspiration for Frank and Marie, so he really gets into specific incidents that ended up as episodes. There are also several points in the book where he references specific speeches he gave at award shows/banquets. But instead of just reciting them, he plays the actual recorded audio from that night (I thought that was a real treat).

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    Art Fuller 11-22-11
    Art Fuller 11-22-11
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    "Very Insightful!"

    Great book. Lots of behind the scenes info from the author about his work on "Everybody Loves Raymond."

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    Margaret 01-16-11
    Margaret 01-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    What a great book! Interesting, funny, good pace. The inside information and stories are just hysterical and now you can understand why this show ran 9 seasons. Phil Rosenthal is a guy you would want to get to know. So worth the listen.
    Only drawback are the long silent gaps that hinder the enjoyment of the book and throw the pace off - I don't know why they did that.

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    Vincent 08-27-10
    Vincent 08-27-10 Member Since 2014
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    "It gets a five because I can't give it a 6"

    Laughed out lout throughout. I hadn't watched that many 'Raymond' episodes before listening to this book, but it didn't matter as his own comedy writing and delivery was hilarious. Great summer read.

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    Consumer M Fargo, ND 12-26-09
    Consumer M Fargo, ND 12-26-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Not that funny"

    Interesting introspective into Rosenthal's life, but really not that funny or entertaining. Fizzle!

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    Nina Olney, MD, United States 11-14-09
    Nina Olney, MD, United States 11-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "MEANT to be an Audio Book!"

    I don't think this book would have been nearly as interesting or funny as a traditional book - Phil Rosenthal does a fantastic job narrating! Plus, there are some audio clips inserted throughout this audio book.

    My one criticism is the **frequent** gaps where there's no sound. At first they had me wondering if the book had stopped. They're particularly annoying because they often occur in the middle of the story. I've never experienced an audio book with gaps like this before. And, in another type of book it would have been a serious flaw. But, this book is so much fun that it's just a mild annoyance.

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