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
"Like listening to a very long and funny stand-up routine." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
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.
I cannot say I that I am a fan for "Everybody Loves Raymond"
but I found this to be very funny and enjoyable.
I found many of the stories very easy to relate to and understand.
I wish more audio books could be like this one.
It is a must listen.
Maybe I will watch Raymond now. Who knows.
It was an enjoyable book. It show how well a single life episode can become a screen character.
If you want to find some inspiring stories, here they are. If you are more interested on finding books about how to write Comedy, then look somewhere else.
Like the show, you enjoy the fun moments as Phil himself takes you on a journey of simple, genuine, authenticity. Some emotions along the way for good measure, like the show. A great listening punctuated with live recordings of some of Phil's special moments. His speech at the "last dinner" is a lesson in public speaking. His generosity in reading himself is a gift. Tough act to follow as this is my first audio book. Where do I go from here?
I loved the television show and thought the book could be interesting. I was delightfully surprised and enjoyed the entire story. The insights are hilarious! Having watched the show, I related to most all of his comparisons and respected the creativity more. (The show made was so easy and fun to follow-now I understand why.)
A great listen all the way around. The audio clips from live speeches were a great touch, as well. Enjoy!
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