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You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom | [Phil Rosenthal]

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

The creator and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond dissects the art of comedy and the making of a sitcom classic. 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 17 million viewers. As the number-one sitcom, it received more than 70 Emmy nominations, including two wins for best comedy.
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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

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

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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 Duluth, GA United States 11-22-11
    Art Fuller Duluth, GA United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2001
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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 Gainesville, VA, United States 01-16-11
    Margaret Gainesville, VA, United States 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 North Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-27-10
    Vincent North Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-27-10
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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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    Michelle West Fargo, ND, USA 12-26-09
    Michelle West Fargo, ND, USA 12-26-09
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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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    Andy Bronx, NY, United States 10-22-09
    Andy Bronx, NY, United States 10-22-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Solid and funny"

    I never heard of Rosenthal and "Raymond" was a show I watched only when the wife had it on, but this book, and especially Rosenthal's reading of his book, is just wonderful. Hilarious at times, moving at times, it moves along at a good clip. It offers mostly good information on how he and Ray Romano and the 5 men and women writers in the backroom worked together to mine their lives. You can get a good sense of the acting skills, too. I can now see the soul that was intentionally placed in each episode. One boring part about a boring vacation, and yes, there are many mysterious spots of silence throughout this audio. Yet overall one of the best audiobooks I've heard. And I have heard dozens.

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    Justin BuninyongAustralia 10-12-09
    Justin BuninyongAustralia 10-12-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Best Book ever read"

    This would have to be the best book I have ever read. Its as good as the Raymond series.

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    suzanne New York, NY, United States 09-23-09
    suzanne New York, NY, United States 09-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "not my style"

    I wasn't laughing and was bored. Did not finish it.

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    J. Clarke Berkeley, CA, USA 05-19-08
    J. Clarke Berkeley, CA, USA 05-19-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Great Storytelling"

    I've never seen an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, I gave away my television in 1990 before I moved to California. What irony, since tv shows come from here.

    Anyway, I bought this because it was about writing. I'm into the fourth hour, and I can't turn the iPod off. Phil is funny and honest and insightful and kind. This is the first five-star rating I've given an audiobook. It's brilliant and genuine. I just wish somebody had written a book about my favorite tv series, Cheers, and done what this writer has done.

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