Q&A with Ray Romano | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Q&A with Ray Romano

Ray Romano, the star of the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” (which ran from 1996-2005), participated in the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe this past weekend.

One of Romano’s co-stars in the award-winning sitcom, Brad Garrett (who played his brother Robert) takes his stand-up act to the MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa on Saturday, July 21. Romano talked about Garrett with Lake Tahoe Action this past Saturday.

Q: So what can one expect from a Brad Garrett stand-up performance?

A: A refund. And, a complaint form. But be sure to check into the refund.

Q: What is he like on stage?

A: Well, he’s not the sweet, kind of naive guy from our show. He’s more like a 6-foot-8 Don Rickles. Yeah, he talks to the crowd a lot. He’s a little different than me.

Q: Have you ever performed together on stage?

A: Yeah, in fact we go up together in Vegas this September, I think, at the Mirage.

Q: Who opens for whom?

A: He goes first, and I go second, and I spend my first 10 minutes apologizing for everything he said. And then after we both come on and we do like a Q&A. And then we show some film clips, actually, from Raymond. It’s pretty good; you get your money’s worth.

Q: Is it surprising that Brad isn’t more widely known as a stand-up?

A: Yeah. He won “Star Search,” took the grand prize that year, in ’84. Stand-up is where we both started. We have different types of acts, but he’s very funny. He’s the funniest guy to be hanging around with, that’s for sure.

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