You're Lucky You're Funny: 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 sitcom classic.

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. Rosenthal's 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.

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"In the Prologue, Mr. Rosenthal says ‘No one listens to me. Maybe the reader will...’ You should! He is the real deal, both as a human being and as an artist of comedy."
—Henry Winkler

"I read YOU'RE LUCKY YOU'RE FUNNY and loved it! If you had the Everybody Loves Raymond bug during its 9 year run, this is the love letter you've been waiting for. If you've missed the bug, read it at the risk of being bitten and smitten."
—Norman Lear

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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 Award-winning telethon America: A Tribute to Heroes, and appeared in Spanglish and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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