210: Phil Rosenthal | From Watching Television to Creating It (12 Days of Christmas Best of Show replays)

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Welcome to the Work Hard Play Hard 12 Days of Christmas countdown! We’re approaching the end of the year and getting focused on our goals and what we want to do in 2020, so I’m replaying the interviews that I think have had the most impact. 

This is a replay of my episode with the hilarious Phil Rosenthal. Phil is a television writer and producer best known for creating the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. He now stars in his own Netflix travel series, Somebody Feed Phil.

In This Conversation We Cover: 

  • [5:01] Being born in Queens, NY + how television played a huge role in his childhood
  • [8:54] Phil’s relationship with his parents + how his popularity has affected them
  • [13:32] The moment Phil knew he was funny
  • [17:08] Discovering the reality of show business
  • [19:29] What wealth feels like for Phil
  • [26:40] Low concept VS. high concept 
  • [28:43] Anthony Bourdain’s passing + what that meant to Phil
  • [30:26] Why Somebody Feed Phil was created 
  • [36:15] Creating travel shows and sitcoms
  • [44:29] Rapid fire with Phil
  • [45:45] Phil’s relationship with movies from age 15 to now

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Hi, I’m Rob! It has been said “You are not what you have learned, but what you’ve overcome.”


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