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Interview: Phil Rosenthal Talks Food, Travel, and ‘Somebody Feed Phil’


It seems like being Phil Rosenthal is a pretty cool thing. A comedy writer, Rosenthal first really came to widespread notoriety as the creator, writer, and executive producer of the insanely popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. In recent years, he’s developed an on-screen personality, one seen brilliantly on the Netflix documentary series Somebody Feed Phil. Following Rosenthal as he eats, travels, and takes in a new part of the world, it’s as enjoyable as it is fascinating. A couple of weeks ago, I hopped on the phone with him to talk about the show, but since it’s me, the back and forth went off in a number of different directions. That’s just how these things go with me, usually to the interview’s benefit. With the fifth season of the program dropping in just a few days, I now present to you my very fun chat with Rosenthal.

Below, you can hear my conversation with Rosenthal. We talk mainly about Somebody Feed Phil, but there’s some Everybody Loves Raymond chatter, as well as even a bit on Rosenthal’s documentary Exporting Raymond. Beyond that, it’s just a discussion about comedy, food, travel, and living well. Rosenthal is a man who knows he’s won the game of life and is infinitely appreciative. You can see that not just in how his work seeks to comfort and entertain, but in how he carries himself, both on the show and during this chat. It was a delight spending some time on the phone with him. Season Five of Somebody Feed Phil debuts this week on Netflix and is a much watch, whether you’re a fan of Anthony Bourdain or Ray Romano. Rosenthal channels them both, through his own unique personality.

Here now is my interview with Somebody Feed Phil star Phil Rosenthal. Enjoy:

The fifth season of Somebody Feed Phil debuts on Netflix this Wednesday, May 25th!


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