You're Lucky You're Funny

The creator of Everybody Loves Raymond believes we laugh at sitcoms whose characters we relate to; the same goes for memoirs. So if your parents ever said that you watched too much TV, or you get through frustrating experiences by telling yourself they’ll make a good story, then You’re Lucky You’re Funny is for you. It’ll help if you’re a Raymond fan — the show’s history is thoroughly documented, except for 2003’s bitter contract negotiations, a glaring omission. 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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