Barry Cryer

Barry Cryer

Date of birth: 23-03-1935

While appearing in university revue, Barry was offered a week's work at the famous City Varieties Theatre, where he was spotted by a London agent.

His variety work led him to the Windmill Theatre in London, a legendary school for comedians, whose graduates include Sir Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers.

After seven months of six shows a day, six days a week, he left to appear in Expresso Bongo, a musical satirising pop music, and started making records. He was once Number One in Finland.

He then started writing for revues at the Fortune Theatre and for Danny La Rue.

While doing this, he met David Frost who invited him to join the writing roster on The Frost Report.

He has writtengags for some of the true legends of comedy, including Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, Stanley Baxter, Dick Emery, Dave Allen, Les Dawson, Bob Hope, George Burns, the Two Ronnies, Kenny Everett, Sir Harry Secombe, Billy Connolly, Jasper Carrott and Richard Pryor.

He was made an OBE for services to comedy drama in 2001.

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Barry Cryer cancels festival appearance

No Slapstick for comic as he recovers from hip op

Barry Cryer has cancelled his appearance at Bristol’s annual Slapstick festival  later this month.

It will be the first time the comic has missed the event in ten years.

He has changed his plans on doctors’ orders, after he was warned not to go back on stage so soon after undergoing an operation on his hip. in November.

 Cryer had a pin put into the bone to fix a fracture sustained after a fall

Slapstick’s director Chris Daniels announced today: ‘Despite Bazza’s insistence all along that the show must go on, he’s finally decided to heed family and medical advice and take a bit longer to mend.

‘Veteran trooper that he is, Barry is very sorry to disappoint the many people who look forward to his regular appearances at Slapstick but he genuinely is a national treasure and we’re sure all of his fans will understand and respect that we need to make sure Baz makes a full recovery and continues to entertain us for many more years.’

His cancellation has meant changes to the timing of other events on January 20, the date he was supposed to be performing his gags and songs show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue pianist Colin Sell.  Check the festival website for details.

The Bristol Old Vic box office team will be contacting ticket holders to offer refunds or the option to transfer to another festival event.

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Published: 8 Jan 2019

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