How Life Becomes a Sitcom
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The creator and executive producer of Everybody Loves
Raymond dissects the art of comedy and the making of a
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 seventeen million viewers. As the
number-one sitcom, it received more than seventy Emmy
nominations, including two wins for best comedy. With
You’re Lucky You’re Funny, Phil Rosenthal takes us
onstage and inside the writer’s room.
meteoric ascent was preceded by odd jobs, including a stint
as a museum security guard, running a deli, and writing for
a slew of forgettable shows—including one starring Robert
Mitchum as a curmudgeonly homeless man taken in by two
orphans. But when he met comedian Ray Romano, they
discovered a shared lifetime of family dysfunction—and
endless material for a sitcom.
Not only a chronicle
of one man’s rise to the peak of his profession, Rosenthal’s
book is also an unprecedented look at the making of a hit
series: how shows are written and character developed, how
comedy is refined, how network executives are outsmarted,
and most important, how egos are massaged. You’re Lucky
You’re Funny is an inspiration to anyone involved in the
creative process and a must read for the show’s millions of
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