Phil Rosenthal is the award-winning creator, executive producer, and host of “Somebody Feed Phil,” as well as a New York Times best-selling author. One of Netflix’s most popular food and travel shows, Somebody Feed Phil has garnered a cult-like following and will release its seventh season in March 2024. The show won a 2022 Critics Choice Real TV Award for “Best Travel/Adventure Show” and a 2022 James Beard Award nomination for “Visual Media—Long Form.” Rosenthal published the companion book, Somebody Feed Phil The Book, which quickly landed on the New York Times Best Seller list after its release in October 2022. He also authored You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom.
Rosenthal was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Rockland County with his brother and parents. After graduating from Hofstra University, where he majored in theater, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer, and director. In 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles, where his career took off after his hit CBS comedy, Everybody Loves Raymond, was released in 1996. He served as the showrunner and executive producer for all nine years. In that time, the show was nominated for over 70 Emmy® Awards, and won 15 awards, including two for “Best Comedy Series” in 2003 and 2005. Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for “Excellence in Television Writing” for his “Italy” script.
In September 2001, Rosenthal co-wrote America: A Tribute to Heroes, the 9/11 telethon, for which he won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Writing.” He also wrote, directed, and starred in his first feature film, Exporting Raymond, which was released in 2010. In 2015, Rosenthal created his first travel food series, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, a PBS documentary series and the precursor to Somebody Feed Phil. It received two Taste Awards and won the 2016 James Beard Award for “Best Television Program, on Location.”
In October 2020, Rosenthal launched Somebody Feed the People, an initiative of the Rosenthal Family Foundation that supports organizations making an impact and building community through food. Along with friend and longtime Rolling Stone journalist David Wild, Rosenthal co-hosts a live podcast during which they discuss what’s going on in their lives while eating lunch from some of Phil’s favorite local LA eateries. He has also created a children’s book with his daughter, Lily, called: Just Try It: A Phil and Lil Book, set to be released on March 5, 2024.