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Everybody Hates Raymond – They're Wrong

When I have children, I'll sit them on my lap and explain to them that when I was their age we had an expression about a piece of art that was not to our liking. That expression was, “not my cup of tea.” I'll explain to them that this expression was used when talking about a piece of art that, despite its pedigree and achievement, was simply not to a person’s liking. This phrase will seem very alien to my children since they will have been brought up exclusively in the Internet age. Today, there are two absolute ways to voice your opinion about a piece of art and [...]

Translating Comedy Into Russian in 'Exporting Raymond'

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

For starters, I’ll admit to never being a huge fan of Everybody Loves Raymond. I didn’t exactly dislike it, but I never felt like the target audience and it simply wasn’t my cup of tea. Furthermore, all I know about Russian comedy, I learned [...]

'Everybody Loves Raymond' Creator Phil Rosenthal Is Working on a Food/Travel Pilot

Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal is working on a food travel pilot with American Express to eventually be brought to networks. The show will focus on Phil being showed around a city by a great chef. The pilot for example will involve Thomas Keller (who is definitely a great chef) showing Phil around London. Phil is aware of the show's similarity to Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations but he sees one major difference: “I love him but I’m not like him — I prefer to have a reservation."  If you've seen Exporting Raymond, you know this is a great idea. Phil is very funny but even funnier [...]

Laugh with, Not at, the Laugh Track

Unpopular Opinions is a bi-weekly column in which a writer takes a stand against popular opinion, whether it's asserting the true merit of a supposedly guilty pleasure or dissenting against the universally lauded.

Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience.” Those are welcoming words to people of a certain age. They make you think about a home cooked meal after soccer practice. Or a sack of McDonald’s you happily shoved down your throat while waiting for your mom and dad to come home from their weekly night out. Or the can of still beer you guzzled by yourself after stealing it from the front yard of a frat [...]

Ray Romano Always Puts Comedy Before Parenting

Don't be coy with me, Craig. What was that code word? It's good to see that 1) Ray still closely resembles the character of Ray that everybody presumably loves and 2) Ray is just always doing bits, regardless of parental obligations. Keep on doing your bits, Ray. Everybody luvs ya – even if your wife doesn't.

Exporting Raymond: Trying to Remake Everybody Loves Raymond for Russia

Here's the trailer for Exporting Raymond, a new documentary that follows Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal to Russia, where he's supposed to help them remake the show for local audiences. It looks pretty good! I very much want to know more about that terrifying-looking "head of comedy." It's done the festival circuit and is due to hit theaters on April 29th in what I'm assuming is a relatively limited release.