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Barry Cryer


One of the leading after dinner speakers and awards hosts in the UK, Barry Cryer delights audiences with his wit, quick turn of phrase, professional skill and wonderful personality. He has worked in variety, music hall, television, radio, pantomime and as a guest speaker at lunches and dinners for many years. When you book him, ask us if Barry can write one of his famous poems especially for your event, featuring some of the people who will be attending…

Barry appears as an after lunch or after dinner speaker, or in cabaret alongside the much maligned pianist Colin Sells, with whom he stars in I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue on BBC Radio 4.

Born in Leeds, he was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Leeds University. He is a BA in English Lit (Failed). While appearing at the famous City Varieties Theatre, he was seen by a London agent and offered work. He wrote revues for the Fortune Theatre, home of Beyond The Fringe, then wrote and appeared in shows with Danny La Rue. He met David Frost and joined the writing team for BBC's The Frost Report - a group of writers including what was to become the whole of the Monty Python team. He wrote and appeared in the Frost Programme and Frost On Sunday and was one of the original writers for The Two Ronnies.

Barry wrote for practically every top comedian in the country including Morecambe and Wise, Bruce Forsyth, Tommy Cooper, Stanley Baxter, Dick Emery, Dave Allen, Frankie Howerd, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Russ Abbott, Bobby Davro and Jasper Carrott. For ATV he wrote for Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, Phyllis Diller, Richard Pryor and other visiting stars. He's also written for singers including Tom Jones and Petula Clark. For eight years he co-wrote the Kenny Everett Shows.

Barry Cryer has appeared in almost every panel game on British TV and radio including Countdown, That's Showbusiness, Blankety Blank, What's My Line, Punch Lines, Give Us A Clue, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and Just a Minute. One of the chairmen at the famous Player's Theatre Old Time Music Hall, Barry appears regularly in pantomime.

Barry has spoken at tributes for Gene Kelly, Tommy Steele, Frankie Howerd and Harry Secombe and has entertained at hundreds of corporate events including for BT, Smiths Foods, ITV advertisers, The Institute of Bankers (three times), Fiat and EMI. He has presided over many Awards Ceremonies including the prestigious Sony Video Awards and has spoken at Wembley Stadium at Cup Finals and at international celebrations.

In 1990 Barry teamed up with his old friend Willie Rushton in their show Two Old Farts In The Night which ran for many years until Willie died. In 1993 Barry started his one-man-show, That Reminds Me, and a West End run in A Saint She Ain’t, directed by Ned Sherrin.  In 2005, he toured the UK with Barry Cryer: The First Farewell Tour.

He stars in the long-running (32 series) Radio 4 show I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue which won the Sony Radio Award for Best Comedy and British Comedy Award for Best Radio Programme (1995). As part of the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue team, Barry has been jointly responsible for the Limerick book and The Almost Complete I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. In 1995 Barry joined an illustrious list by becoming a victim on This Is Your Life. In 1998, Barry wrote his autobiography You Won't Believe This But....

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