Ray Romano won a huge following with his TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond.” These days, he’s still charming audiences on stage and on screen. Tracy Smith has our Sunday Profile:
“Everybody, give it up for Ray Romano, everybody!”
Smith said, “We saw you perform at the Comedy Cellar the other night.”
“Yeah. You saw a good one,” Ray Romano replied.
“To us, it looked like you killed.”
“That one was one of my best ones I’ve had there. I hope you have footage of it!”
[We do! Click on the video at left.]
Ray Romano is still at home the standup stage.
His act has always been about family — especially Anna, his wife of 30 years.
“She says, ‘Can I go to dinner in this? Is this okay for dinner?’ And I looked at her and I said, ‘Yeah.’ And she looks at me and she goes, ‘I don’t even know why I ask you.'”
It’s helped make him one of the biggest names in comedy. But at 59, Romano still has other dreams to chase.
In “Get Shorty,” a new TV series based on the Elmore Leonard book, he’s a small-time film producer making a big studio movie with money from some hardcore gangsters.
Like everything else in the show (which premieres tonight on Epix), Romano’s character is over the top, including the hair.
To watch a trailer for “Get Shorty” click on the video player below:
But oddly enough, Romano sees a lot of his neurotic character in himself. “Getting into a character who’s like that is a little bit easy, it’s a little organic,” he said.
“You have those feelings inside?”
“Yes, I have it. I’ve always said even though I appear successful, that insecurity, that neurosis stays there. It’s just at a different level. My saying is, before all this, I thought my cab driver hated me, and now I think my limo driver hates me. It’s just moved on to another level!”
Truth is, Ray Romano’s hang-ups have kept us laughing for years.
From 1996 to 2005, “Everybody Loves Raymond” ruled the primetime landscape…