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You're Lucky You're Funny

How Life Becomes a Sitcom
Narrated by: Phil Rosenthal
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (276 ratings)

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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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For Raymond Lovers

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!!

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Amusing, with mysterious pauses

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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A great pick for writers, and people who love TV

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!

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Very Informative and hilarious to boot!

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.

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He's funny and a nice guy too

Would you listen to You're Lucky You're Funny again? Why?

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.

What other book might you compare You're Lucky You're Funny to and why?

I've listened to Dick Van Dyke, Adrien Barbeau, and Kristen Chenoweth read their books and enjoyed them immensely too.

Which scene was your favorite?

Cover to cover - it's enjoyable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The funniest people are behind the camera.

Any additional comments?

Phil is a performer as well as a talented artist.

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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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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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Laughing and Crying Simultaneously

If you're a fan of "Everyone Loves Raymond" then this is a must have experience for you.

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Excellent

This is very very enjoyable, it’s well written and well read by Phil the Narrator. It has many humorous (actually hilarious in many parts) stories and the flow is good and the stories are well set up. I’d recommend it for any “...Raymond...” fan, especially, but other folks will likely enjoy it too.

The book has a few bits of humor that’s a little too crass for my liking and quite a few cuss words but these things are forgivable given the rest of its genius.
I plan to listen to it again and watch a few more Raymond episodes very soon.
Thanks Phil!

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We're lucky he's funny!!!

Phil is unique and a quiet comedy genius. Listen to his heart. Buy the book!!!