Posts Tagged ‘Brad Garrett’

Comedian Brad Garrett on “Raymond,” “Ratatouille,” and Robert Barone

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

He’s best known for playing “Robert Barone” on CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond, but he’s also a prolific voiceover artist (he’s “Gusteau” in Ratatouille!), and co-star of another successful sitcom, ‘Til Death, with Joely Fisher. Brad Garrett sat down with us in 2007 for quite an entertaining interview. (Be prepared for lots of jokes and silly side conversations with those off-camera!)

Garrett on winning the role of “Robert Barone:”

Watch Brad Garrett’s full Archive interview.

About this interview:

In his two-hour Archive interview, Brad Garrett discusses his early comedy influences and breaking into stand-up comedy as a teenager. He talks about his first appearance on television on Norm Crosby’s Comedy Shop and his contest-winning turn on Star Search. He describes two short-lived sitcoms on which he appeared before landing the role for which he is most known, that of “Robert Barone” on Everybody Loves Raymond. He speaks in detail about the show’s nine season run — describing his character, commenting on the ensemble cast and series creator Phil Rosenthal, and recalling favorite episodes. Garrett also discusses his next sitcom success, playing twenty-years-married “Eddie Stark” on ‘ Til Death — a series on which he was also a producer. He speaks of playing comic icon Jackie Gleason in the 2002 made-for-television movie Gleason, and touches on then-current projects including voicing “Gusteau” in Pixar’s Ratatouille. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Malibu, CA on April 26, 2007.

Phil Rosenthal Talks “Everybody Loves Raymond” and the Craft of Writing

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Phil Rosenthal wanted to be an actor.  He and several friends in New York wrote a show called “Tony and Tina’s Wedding”, in which he acted, and an agent saw his work and told him to come to LA to pursue acting. Rosenthal did, and instead wound up meeting up with high school friend Alan Kirschenbaum, writing a screenplay, and falling in love with writing.

A self-described TV addict, Rosenthal grew up watching The Honeymooners, Your Show of Shows, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and All in the Family. He discusses how the TV shows he liked as a kid shaped his sensibilities as a writer and helped to teach him structure:

After several years as a staff writer with writing partner Oliver Goldstick on A Family for Joe, Baby Talk, Down the Shore, and Coach, Rosenthal branched out on his own and created the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. In the following clip, he shares how he came up with the show’s title:

Everybody Loves Raymond ran for nine years on CBS, and lives on in syndication. Below Rosenthal describes his vision for what the series finale would be:

To learn more about Phil Rosenthal, and to see his tips for sitcom writing, watch his full interview here.