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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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

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?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Betty
  • Tampa, FL, USA
  • 01-06-07

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!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful