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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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    William Duxbury, MA, USA 04-12-08
    William Duxbury, MA, USA 04-12-08 Member Since 2002
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    "VERY FUNNY"

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Atmosfera Chihuahua, Mexico 11-27-07
    Atmosfera Chihuahua, Mexico 11-27-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Oakville, Ontario, Canada 08-23-07
    Marc Oakville, Ontario, Canada 08-23-07
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    "Like the show"

    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?

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    Betty Tampa, FL, USA 01-06-07
    Betty Tampa, FL, USA 01-06-07
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    "A great escape"

    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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