By William LaRue | The Post Standard
"Everybody Loves Raymond" comedy writer
Mike Royce did two things after an early-morning
telephone call last month notifying him of his
first Emmy Award nomination.
First, he slept through the message a CBS publicist
left on his answering machine.
The second thing, after he eventually woke up and
got the good news, was start to wonder about
getting face time on the Sept. 21 awards telecast.
The 1982 Jamesville-DeWitt High School graduate
remembers the typical awards show where the TV
screen splits into shots of each anxious hopeful
trying not to look too hopeful or, when they lose,
"Egotistically enough, I went back and I
looked at last year's Emmy tape to see if that was
going to be true for me. It's not," he says.
"In the case of writers, they show clips and
they announce your name. So if I win, you'll see
me. If I don't win, you probably won't see
Actually, it's possible viewers will see Royce
Royce is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a
Comedy Series. And because he's listed as a
supervising producer of "Raymond," his
name is among those credited in the nomination of
the show for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Royce, 39, last season wrote two episodes by
himself and co-wrote two others. He got the Emmy
nomination for his solo credit on a script titled
"Counseling" in which Raymond's wife,
Debra, persuades him to get marriage counseling.
The episode ends with Raymond making the admission
that he wants a wife who will take care of him like
his mother did.
Royce says the episode may have appealed to Emmy
judges because the script found a new way to
explore major themes of "Raymond."
"It touches on a very serious-type issues,
which is Ray's attachment to his mother and his
ongoing conflict with Debra," Royce says.
"We never before explored it from a
psychological standpoint. This seemed the perfect
Until he joined the writing staff of
"Raymond" four years ago, Royce was a
respected but largely unknown stand-up comedian in
New York City, where he first became friends with
Ray Romano. Royce's last job before moving to
California was working as an audience warm-up
comedian for "Spin City."
Emmy win or not, Royce counts himself fortunate
he's got a job on a series that's often as
enjoyable to write as it is to see on TV.
"We (the show's writers) have as much fun as
anyone should ever be allowed to have
together," he says. "It's 10 people
joking around about everything under the sun. And,
once in a while, we get around to the scripts,