With "Raymond," there were so many wonderful themes about relationships and love and forgiveness and faith in the show that were just beautifully woven in.
Maybe you didn't even know you were hearing it, but I think it's the one thing that attracted people.
And if you're Christian and you go to church, there's a lot of stuff you see that drives you crazy, that you can make fun of, and everybody who's a Christian knows that.
Garrison Keillor, in his "Prairie Home Companion" shows, is always making jokes about Methodists, and it's very funny, and it's very warm, and it's loving, and it's true.
So the idea that the Barones would practice their faith was not an unusual concept for the writers of our show.
And the writer sat down with me and said, "What would you say to this? " And I said, "Well, I guess I would say I go to church to realize that there's something bigger than me, and to thank God for my family and my kids and my husband, and to pray for the strength to get through another day with my kids and my husband." So in that way, again, I was able to directly say something about faith. We weren't discussing the transubstantiation or anything but making that a part of the fiber of a family, which you don't see on any other show.
I will ask you a lot of questions and make sure you know that I know how special my daughter is.
When you get to know our daughter, you’ll get to know us too.
Obviously I love comedy, so I definitely think that people can really be reached through it.
When you bring people into a place where they're comfortable and they're enjoying themselves, they're more open to hearing a message.