Ray Romano starred on the CBS hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond for 9 seasons. Though he started his profession in standup comedy, Romano made a easy transition to performing and shortly turned tv gold.
Since Everybody Loves Raymond aired its sequence finale in 2005, Romano has performed dramatic roles on exhibits together with Men of a Certain Age and Parenthood. While he’s having fun with the artistic stretch, Romano admits there’s nonetheless one thing that left a void when his legendary sitcom ended.
Ray Romano nearly turned a numbers cruncher
Before fame and fortune got here Romano’s approach, he thought-about changing into an accountant. Despite his affinity for numbers, Romano quickly realized the occupation wasn’t match.
“I was always good in math, so when I was flailing around and not knowing what to do, I figured, well, I guess accounting is math,” the Emmy Award-winner instructed Fresh Air‘s TV critic David Bianculli, according to WBUR. “And I took maybe two semesters of accounting … I mean I practically dropped out of school, really. … When my accountant tells me all the things he does, it’s a international language to me.
Once the sitcom star started gravitating towards performing comedy routines, Romano’s mom tried to maintain him on observe along with his accounting research.
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“She kept pushing that to try to keep me going,” Romano recalled of his mother. “In my early days of standup … she would make sure she brought up that I was studying accounting instead of standup.”
‘Saturday Night Live’ makes a life-changing impression on Ray Romano
When Saturday Night Live premiered in 1975, the dwell comedy sketch present made fairly an influence on Romano at simply 18 years previous. The actor turned impressed to create his personal forged of Not Ready For Prime Time gamers.
“It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen,” Romano recalled of the long-lasting NBC sequence. “We’d stay in to watch it, and a group of us started our own little sketch troupe. These are like five 17-year-olds and we just joined together … the kids all came in.”
The expertise was sufficient to propel Romano towards pursuing comedy as a profession.
“It was kind of my first taste of what standup was like,” he mentioned. “So that was kind of where maybe the bug of performing standup came.”
Getting the dwell laughs on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’
In addition to his dramatic work on tv, Romano has appeared in a number of movies since Everybody Loves Raymond ended together with Paddleton, The Big Sick, and The Irishman. Despite his current leaning towards drama, the actor will get one thing particular from a sitcom that’s lacking along with his extra critical roles.
“The only thing I miss from the sitcom format is that immediate gratification … [of] the live audience,” Romano revealed. “As a standup, I live off of that. It’s my energy source.”
Though Romano has achieved notable Hollywood standing from each his comedic and dramatic roles, he admits he hasn’t modified a lot by changing into a celeb.
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“I’m just as neurotic if I had never gotten famous or rich,” he instructed NPR in 2019. “I think I would be equally neurotic because I was neurotic before, and I’m neurotic now. … I think I’m just as happy as I was then.”