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After Dinner Speaker : Barry Cryer

Barry Cryer

Born in Leeds in 1935, he attended Leeds University reading English, but was more interested in performing.

His professional debut was at the Leeds City Varieties Theatre and from there he went on to the Windmill Theatre in London. He has been in a number of things, but has written for virtually anything that is something. His writing credits include material for Bob Hope, George Burns, The Two Ronnie's, Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Kenny Everett, Bruce Forsythe, David Frost, Mike Yarwood, Rory Bremner and Jasper Carrott. If this was not enough, he has also collaboratively penned series like “Hello Cheeky” and appears regularly on “I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue”, less frequently on “Just a Minute” (both the radio and TV versions) and was the chairman of “Joker's Wild” in the 70's.

One of the wittiest after dinner speakers in the UK today.

Another type of chairman he has been was at the Players Theatre in London where music hall lives on, and footage of him in the act' was shown in the film 'A Little of What you Fancy'. Never idle, he toured the country with Willie Rushton performing their show, "Two Old Farts in the Night", which was subsequently released on video, and after Willies death, has been touring with his own show, “That Reminds Me”. He was also the host for the “Stand Up Show” on BBC TV and in 1998 wrote his Autobiography of sorts - “You Won't Believe This But...”

He is one of the wittiest, quickest and most highly respected Comedians and After Dinner Speakers in the UK today.


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