Everybody loves comedy (and dessert)
September 29, 2009
Have you ever watched a television show and wondered, where do they come up with this stuff? If you’re watching "Everybody Loves Raymond," chances are the hilarious scenarios were drawn straight from the real-life experiences of those who worked on the show.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, Temple Har Shalom will host a special event for those who want to find out exactly how these situations went from living rooms to script to sound stage. The community is invited to "Confections and Comedy," an evening of belly laughs and decadent desserts with the creative minds behind "Everybody Loves Raymond," one of America’s favorite comedies.
The Inside the Writers’ Room troupe has performed to sold-out crowds at venues across the U.S., sharing their experiences from the show and telling stories from their own lives that morphed into storylines on the small screen.
The group consists of Emmy-nominated creator and executive producer Phil Rosenthal and several of the writers from the show. Rosenthal said he got the idea for the collaborative performance after watching "Caesar’s Writers," a behind-the-scenes look at what went into writing for Sid Caesar’s 1950s television series.
"They told funny stories about what it was like to be in the room and what it was like to work on the show," he explains. "I thought, ‘We have funny guys,’ and I had this idea that since our show came from what happened to us at home, we could go on stage and tell stories and then show clips of the episodes these stories became."
The Inside the Writers’ Room performance premiered at the Aspen Comedy Festival about six years ago, and received enough positive feedback to persuade the members to turn it into a traveling showcase.
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When "Everybody Loves Raymond" ended in 2005 after nine seasons, Rosenthal and the other writers continued to travel to keep the laughs going. "I saw this as a way for us to stay together," says Rosenthal.
During the event, the writers tell stories form their own lives, show clips and outtakes from the show, and share what it’s like to be in the writers’ room. Afterwards they take questions from the audience.
This year, the fundraising committee at Temple Har Shalom decided to hold a comedy event in place of its annual auction. "With the state of the world and the economy, we all need some comic relief," says event co-chair Deanna Byck.
A member of the congregation suggested bringing Inside the Writers’ Room to Park City. The event is a fundraiser for synagogue activities, programming, and the religious school, but it is open to the public and everyone is welcome.
Byck says the organizers also want to promote Park City as a venue for comedic performances, something she thinks could add to the town’s vibrant entertainment scene.
Rosenthal will join co-executive producer Lew Schneider and five other writers at the event. "I look forward to seeing Park City, eating in Park City, and meeting the people of Park City and doing our show," Rosenthal says.
The event starts at 7 p.m. and several ticket packages are available. For $350, guests will enjoy dinner for two prior to the show, VIP seating, dessert and one opportunity drawing ticket. $150 includes dinner for one, VIP seating and dessert (dinner is limited to the first 50 guests to purchase these packages). Reserved seating and dessert is $75, and general admission and dessert is $50.
People are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. "This is a sell-out kind of show," Byck notes. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (435) 649-2276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .