ROMANO TAKES A STAND

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

EVERYBODYL­ovesRay­mond star Ray Romano had a Clay­tons exit af­ter the sit­com wrapped pro­duc­tion back in 2005. Thanks to con­stant re­peats run­ning on 10 Peach, his cel­e­bra­tion of the av­er­age mar­riage has long hit the funny bone of those liv­ing the same sub­ur­ban night­mare, or those of us who recog­nise it and laugh from afar. In­vited to do a stand-up spe­cial for Net­flix, Romano (pic­tured) chose to re­visit not only the same kind of ma­te­rial but also the place where his show­biz ca­reer got off the ground – New York’s fa­mous Com­edy Cel­lar and a se­condary spot, “right around the cor­ner”, The Vil­lage Un­der­ground. Like his TV alter ego, Romano has been mar­ried for 32 years, with four chil­dren. He jokes he’s at the stage in life where he needs to make friends with doc­tors, be­cause his body is be­tray­ing him. “I went to bed re­cently and woke up with a sprained an­kle. How does that hap­pen?” He has such an ef­fort­less de­liv­ery and con­nec­tion with the crowd, who are gob-smacked when he ar­rives with­out fan­fare to do his sets. The ma­te­rial feels in­cred­i­bly fa­mil­iar, like it’s an ex­ten­sion of the sit­com stuff; but not in a tired, “we’ve heard this all be­fore” way. He’s just bril­liant at mak­ing acute ob­ser­va­tions about the ba­nal­ity of life and find­ing the funny in the mun­dane and minu­tiae of mod­ern life. Sure, as a multi-mil­lion­aire com­edy king, his life might look a lit­tle dif­fer­ent now; but he’s the same ol’ Ray at heart.

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