Ray Romano was born on December 21, 1957 in Queens, New York. Romano graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1975. After high school, he briefly majored in accounting at Queens College in Flushing, New York. Early on in his career he competed in competitions like Star Search and Johnny Walker comedy search in 1989. Initially he got cast on the sitcom “NewsRadio”, but was replaced by Joe Rogan. He eventually appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman”, which is what helped him get his development deal for “Everybody Loves Raymond”. The show lasted nine seasons, which won six Emmy nominations, five Screen Actors Guild award nominations, and two Golden Globe award nominations. Since his start in comedy, Romano has gone on to write, act, and do voiceovers for various movies and television shows, co-created another television show, “Men of a Certain Age”, and has recently released a new comedy special, “Right Here, Around the Corner”, on Netflix.
This week, Kaizen Komedy looks at Ray Romano. Romano is a master at finding humor in the minutiae of every day life. From the perspective of a husband and a father, Romano uses minimal tonal shifts to help act out dialogue that he’s had with his family. He targets in on specific situations he’s been in with them, which ends up being very universal to his audiences.
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