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Comedian Phil Rosenthal Releases Book, Hits Stage & Lands Sitcom

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Comedian Phil Rosenthal is no stranger to comedy. Phil is a veteran performer, as comfortable with doing shows in intimate club settings as he is in taking the stage at a large performing arts center.

In addition to his comedy chops, Phil is known for his writing skills. Phil was the creator and executive producer of the long-running hit comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond". Now that the show has ended it's successful run, Phil and company have taken to the road with a show called "Inside the Writers Room." In the show, Phil and special guests, typically the other writers and sometimes even an actor from Raymond take to the stage and give the audience some insight into the writing process. The show has been very well received, sitdown stand-up comedy at it's best.

In Phil's new book, he writes about his extraordinary career providing insight on the creative process behind television comedy programs, providing an often hilarious glimpse into the writer's room. James L. Brooks said this about the book "Somewhere between 'ever-so-rarely' and 'never' is there a book such as this; you will laugh hard and loud.

Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, raised in Rockland, N.Y., and attended Hofstra University on Long Island. Starting out as an actor in New York, Rosenthal also wrote and directed before relocating to Los Angeles in search of more acting opportunities.

He is the creator/executive producer of the hit CBS comedy, "Everybody Loves Raymond." The series garnered over 70 nominations including the Best Comedy Emmy 6 times.

He was nominated for a Best Writing Emmy with Ray Romano in 2000 and again in 2002 for his script, "The Angry Family," and in 2005 for the show's final episode.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" won the Emmy for Best Comedy in 2003 and 2005.

Rosenthal has the distinction of having directed President Bill Clinton in the White House Correspondents Dinner video, which was shown to wide acclaim at the April, 2000 event. He co-wrote the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon which aired on all four networks, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing.

Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing for his script, "Italy."

He has returned to his roots as an actor in the James Brooks feature film "Spanglish," in which he played Adam Sandler's sous chef. He is also appearing in an upcoming episode of, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and just finished playing a television executive in Jake Kasden's new film, "TV Set."

Rosenthal's stage show, Everybody Loves Raymond, "Inside The Writers Room" has received critical acclaim as a hilarious evening by critics and fans alike. He has appeared at major comedy festivals such as the HBO, Montreal and Las Vegas Festivals and major theatre's across the country.

October 2007 marks the release of his hilarious book, "You're Lucky You're Funny" and he can currently be seen in a recurring role on the new sitcom "Help Me Help You", – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

Check out the book.

Check out the video clips of "Inside The Writers Room"

For PR and Marketing Information, please contact:
Karen Ammond
KBC Media

To contact Phil's agent, please call:
Adam Berkowitz
Creative Artists Agency

For personal appearances, speaking engagements:
Paul Horton
Century Artists Management Agency LLC