You're Lucky You're Funny by Phil Rosenthal
How Life Becomes a Sitcom

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The creator and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, on how to make a sitcom classic and keep laughing 

This laugh-out-loud memoir takes readers backstage and inside the writers’ room of one of America’s best-loved shows. With more than 17 million viewers and more than seventy Emmy nominations—including two wins for best comedy—Everybody Loves Raymond reigned supreme in television comedy for almost a decade. Phil Rosenthal was there at the beginning. United by a shared lifetime of family dysfunction, he and Ray Romano found endless material to keep the show fresh and funny for its entire run. Alongside hilarious anecdotes from the series and his own career misadventures prior to working on the show, Rosenthal provides an enlightening and entertaining look at how sitcoms are written and characters developed. You’re Lucky You’re Funny is an inspiration to aspiring creators of comedy and a must read for the show’s millions of devoted fans.

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PHIL ROSENTHAL was the creator and executive producer of CBSs Emmy Award winning "Everybody Loves Raymond," He also directed a video with Bill Clinton, cowrote the Writers Guild Awardwinning telethon "America: A Tribute to Heroes," and appeared in "Spanglish" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm,
Published September 25, 2007 by Plume. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Here, he discusses the Raymond pitch and the pilot, the casting and testing, the crew and suits and table readings, as well as the process of directing, editing and writing.

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But most of Phil Rosenthal's stories are universal, whether he's getting fired from a night security job at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art after napping on a 17th-century bed or writing jokes for Bill Clinton and respectfully correcting the then president's pronunciation of Yahtzee.

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