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)
For anyone who really enjoyed the Everybody Loves Raymond series, this book is an absolute "must". Probably the most enjoyable audiobook I have ever purchased. Absolutely could not put it down. From this book I learned that a huge amount of the material in this series has serious ties to the real-life stories of Phil Rosenthal and Ray Romano. Absolutely GREAT listening!!
Maybe it's the nature of the author-narrator's obsession - episodic television - but there are regular quiet spaces of a few seconds each. I'm used to pauses meaning something, and here they don't. Perhaps they're only meant to make the audiobook longer. Or not.
Listeners who are used to a smooth, or smoothly dramatized, flow of words may find the pauses as distracting as I do.
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Everybody Loves Raymond is one of my all-time favourite TV shows; I own the entire series on DVD and the episodes still make me laugh out loud even all these years later!
Some parts of this book were better than others, but if you’re a fan like me you’ll agree that on the whole it was entertaining and well worth the time.
The overall enjoyment however was marred by the poor production/editing. It was full of annoying random pauses that were so long it made me wonder on more than one occasion if I had hit pause by accident. It really interrupted the flow.
host of the podcast Not In A Creepy Way, avid audiobook listener
Wrapped in a memoir is a wealth of information about how TV works (or worked during the Raymond years). I love the fact that instead of quoting from speeches he's given, the book contains the actual recordings of the speeches themselves. Well done, Mr. Rosenthal, well done.
Yes - Phil Rosenthal has the DNA of a storyteller. It's a good thing to have if you are writing stories. I never watched Raymond, but this book is a look into that alien world of Show Business through the eyes of a talented and funny storyteller. Hearing an autobiography read by the author adds a lot to the experience.
I like this book.
I've listened to Dick Van Dyke, Adrien Barbeau, and Kristen Chenoweth read their books and enjoyed them immensely too.
Cover to cover - it's enjoyable.
The funniest people are behind the camera.
Phil is a performer as well as a talented artist.
If I had not flamed out with a B.A. in Psychology and segued into Computer Science and spent 4 decades programming, I think just maybe I could have been a comedy writer. First, that would have made me poorer than I am today. Second, I could have hung out with people like Phil Rosenthal. He's a funny guy. I didn't associate him with Everybody Loves Raymond. I just assumed someone saw his standup and decided they could make a show around him. Well, it was a bit more complicated than that. I feel like I got to know Phil better through his PBS food show, "I'll have what Phil's having". There is funny and there is the ability to tell a funny story and there is the ability to tell a story funny. But Phil does it all so that previous sentence I wrote was just for my own amusement. I really liked this book.
Wonderful story with many rich details about a process unknown to many TV viewers! If you have seen Everybody Loves Raymond, this is a must!
I loved this book. I loved Raymond, so it's not hard to see how I'd love a book about it, but it's also phil's telling of the stories that's great. As a writer who hopes to work on sitcoms, I am sad I will never get to work on what sounds like the best writing staff ever, but still a little hopeful that maybe one day I'll still get to work with Phil. The only thing that detracted from the experience was regular long silent pauses, awkwardly placed throughout the audio for no apparent reason, sometimes in the middle of a speech. So the star taken away from performance is not a note on Phil's actual performance, but rather the odd editing of the audio. A great pick nonetheless!
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
If they enjoyed Everybody Loves Raymond, then I would recommend this to them. I've gotten my Dad to listen to it, actually. Rosenthal has a firm tongue in cheek way of reading his book that makes it charming.
I enjoyed hearing him recall his mis-adventures before he got working in TV. His Night at the Museum was quite memorable.
Hearing it in his own words made it more enjoyable for me, as I've only seen him perform in a handful of movies before.
I sought this book out because I'd seen his documentary 'Exporting Raymond' and had seen him perform in 'The TV Set' movie. I like his take on life and humor and felt that his book would have the same tone and was not left wanting.
For anyone getting into comedy writing, sitcoms, or show business in general, Rosenthal’s story feels a little like a magical fairytale. I loved hearing how his career took off, and how all of the pieces came together to create and sustain a successful and long-running sitcom. There are a lot of great tips sprinkled throughout as well. The author was great as a narrator; his tone was pleasant and conversational, and his passion and excitement for the field and his experiences really came through. On a technical note, there are quite a few long pauses (like 5-10 seconds) sprinkled throughout the audio -- I thought it was my app at first, but got used to it. One suggestion: Skip Chapter 9. The majority of the chapter is a painfully detailed account of a bad vacation he took with his family, and I’m not sure why it was included. It wasn’t funny or insightful, the whiny tone contrasted with the other chapters, and there was no real tie-in to the rest of the book that made it necessary to listen. Don't worry, the rest of the book is still worth the download!
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