Here’s to you Barry Cryer – Cheers!
Here’s to you Barry Cryer – Cheers!
“I haven’t had a career, just a series of incidents. I’ve been dogged by good luck all my life.”
– Barry Cryer
Says it all!
A message from Vince…
You know when they say we’ll miss him — well, of course we will
We always think guys like Barry will go on forever… if only eh!
Let’s just say Heaven is now a funnier place…
“He never really liked the terms ‘comedy writer’ or ‘comedian’, instead preferring hack and entertainer, and always thought the term ‘national treasure’ meant he’d just been dug up.”
– family statement
Barry and I crossed paths many times over the years.
I’ve always respected him and loved his razor sharp humour.
You can bet your bottom dollar Barry is behind all the iconic comedy sketches we know and love…
“There was this parrot…”
Barry would call me on my birthday with a joke… what a guy!
Wherever you are Barry, keep doing what you do best…
… making people happy
As you’ll know Barry was notoriously fond of a parrot joke.
Heard the one about the foul–mouthed parrot who finally mends his ways…?
Here it is…
A man owns a parrot that can’t stop swearing.
So he says to him, ‘If you don’t stop swearing,
I’ll put you in the fridge.’
The parrot keeps on swearing. So he puts it in the fridge.
Five minutes later, he takes the parrot out of the fridge, and says, ‘Are you going to stop swearing?’
‘Yes, all right then,’ says the parrot.
‘But what did that chicken do?’
I’ll miss the laughs… we all will
“And to end, as Barry would say, ‘Same time tomorrow?”
We love you
Love x Vince x
Barry Cryer pays tribute to Barry Cryer
Did you hear Barry’s self written obituary…?
Hit the link below to listen… enjoy!
Barry Cryer pays tribute to Barry Cryer
The World at One Highlights
Much loved comedian and writer Barry Cryer has died, he was 86.
He was often asked to pay tribute to friends and co-performers, in 2012 BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House asked him to do the same to himself
– he’s speaking to Paddy O’Connell.
A few jokes for your enjoyment – see below…
When you’ve chortled at these, the BBC obit follows…
A penguin walks into a pub and says to the landlord “has my brother been in?” and the landlord replies “I don’t know, what does he look like?”
– Man walks into a shop and says “I’d like a wasp please.”
Shopkeeper says “Sir, this is a cake shop, we don’t sell wasps” and the customer replies, “well there’s one in the window.”
– “I’m 59 and people call me middle-aged. How many 118-year-old men do you know?”
– “I met my wife and Ronnie Corbett on the same day. I tossed a coin… and married her.”
– “A wife is in the bathroom trying on a new dress. She comes out and says to her husband: ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ He says: ‘Oh be fair, love, it’s quite a small bathroom.’
– “Picasso was burgled and did a drawing of the robbers. Police arrested a horse and two sardines.”
– “Analysing comedy is like dissecting a frog. Nobody laughs and the frog dies.
Cryer was famous for his jokes about parrots, and The Oldie magazine, where he was a contributor, published what it claimed was his “ultimate” one in 2020.
It describes a woman who purchases a parrot for only £5.
“Well, I must confess, it was brought up in a brothel,” says the shopkeeper. “And, to put it politely, it has quite an extensive vocabulary.”
“Never mind,” says the woman. “At that price, I’ll take it.”
So she takes the parrot home, puts its cage in the living room and takes the cover off.
“New place – very nice,” says the parrot.
Then the woman’s two daughters walk in.
“New place, new girls – very nice,” says the parrot.
Then the woman’s husband walks in, and the parrot says, “Oh hello, Keith!”
In 2016, Cryer and his son Bob published a collection of parrot jokes titled Hercule Parrot’s Cagebook.
One of Cryer’s first jokes told on-stage was about a man driving down a country lane who runs over a cockerel.
He goes to the farmhouse and knocks on the door.
A woman opens it and he says: “I appear to have killed your cockerel. I’d like to replace him.’
She replies: “Please yourself, the hens are round the back.”’
Another joke Cryer told throughout his career told the story of an unfaithful wife who hides her lover in the bedroom when her husband returns early from a business trip.
When the man is discovered naked, he claims to have been sent by the council to deal with a moth problem, suggesting they have eaten his clothes.
And Barry’s last joke…
ONE DAY, A MAN AND HIS WIFE ARE WALKING WHEN THEY SEE A LONELY MAN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD.
“IT LOOKS LIKE THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY THERE,” THE WOMAN SAID. “GO SEE IF THAT’S THE CASE.”
THE HUSBAND CROSSES THE ROAD AND ASKS THE MAN IF HE IS THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.
“F— OFF,” THE MAN SAID.
THE HUSBAND RETURNS TO HIS WIFE, WHO ASKS, “WHAT DID HE SAY?” IS HE THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY?
“HE TOLD ME TO FUCK OFF,” THE HUSBAND SAID.
“OH NO,” THE WOMAN REPLIES, “NOW WE’LL NEVER KNOW.”
Preston recalled: ‘And then Barry giggled with delight because he had said the gag to a real bishop – who had burst out laughing. And nothing made Barry happier than that.
Veteran comedian Barry Cryer has died “peacefully and in good spirits” at the age of 86, his family have confirmed.
Cryer, once dubbed the “King of Comedy”, has written for many household names including Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Frost, The Two Ronnies and Kenny Everett.
He also appeared on panel shows such as Just A Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
Cryer died on Tuesday afternoon, “with his family around him” at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, north-west London.Family statements …
“Dad was a talented comedy writer and comedian in a particularly golden vintage.
Incidentally he never really liked the terms ‘comedy writer’ or ‘comedian’, instead preferring hack and entertainer, and always thought the term ‘national treasure’ meant he’d just been dug up.”
“He was, in his words, arrogant in his humility.”
He had a gift for friendship (as anyone who still has a landline will testify) and a genius for putting people at their ease. Oh yes, and he made many people laugh. A lot. Over many years.”
“Baz was, firstly, a loving husband to Terry for nearly 60 years and a gentle father to Tony, David, Jack, Bob. He was a friend to their partners Jayne, Matt, Garry and Suzannah.”
“As a grandfather Ruby, Tom, Evan, Archie, Hope, Martha and Connie all loved him and, more recently, Ruby’s daughter, Isobel, had the good fortune to spend time with him as a great grandfather.”
His family said a funeral will take place in the coming weeks and will be followed later by a ‘more inclusive’ memorial service.
They also asked for messages, photos or videos to be submitted to a book of condolence; you’ll find these announcements on Twitter.
The family statement continued: “He leaves behind him a life of fun, joy, love and silliness and we’ll all be doing our best to maintain that legacy.
“He regularly told fantastic stories and anecdotes about others – the many brilliant and fascinating people he’d worked with and knew – but as he was loved and admired by so many why don’t we start telling some stories about Baz and his brilliant and mischievous life and career?
“And to end, as Dad would say, ‘Same time tomorrow?”
Broadcaster and author Gyles Brandreth, a close friend of Cryer, was among those paying tribute.
Sharing a photo of them together on Twitter, he said: “Here we are only a few weeks ago. Baz was just the loveliest guy; funny & generous.
He’d worked with everybody, & everybody he worked with, liked him. I shall miss his happy company so much & his regular phone calls; he gave you a gem of a joke with each one.”
He added: “Wherever Barry went he brought laughter with him – even to memorial services. And he went to lots because he’d worked with everyone!
He was generous about everyone – a great mentor & friend.”
Dame Esther Rantzen paid tribute to Cryer as an ‘encyclopaedia of humour’.
The TV presenter, who first worked with Cryer in the 1960s, said: “In a way Barry was a genius, but so unassuming that he would be astonished, I think, to be called a genius – but he was.
His jokes were brilliantly crafted and a constant joy. He would ring his friends up with his latest parrot jokes or with some reflection on what was happening. He was so generous with his wit.”
Comedian Jack Dee, host of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue which Cryer had also featured in and previously hosted, tweeted: “British comedy just lost its greatest curator and archivist. Thoughts are with Terry and all his family. RIP Baz. There was this parrot……..”
The BBC’s director-general Tim Davie said Cryer was a “uniquely funny, talented and generous person”.
In a statement, Davie said: “He was an incredible comedian and writer. If you heard or saw a great sketch there was always a good chance Barry was behind it. He worked with every major showbiz legend because everyone wanted to work with him.
“Barry will be hugely missed by his many friends at the BBC and the wider public.”
Comedian David Mitchell said he was so proud to have known the veteran comic, adding in a tweet: “He was a brilliant man and a bringer of huge joy who never stopped being delighted by comedy. What an amazing life.”
Cryer was born in Leeds and studied English literature at the University of Leeds.
He had a long–running partnership with Sir David Frost; their collaborations included The Frost Report on the BBC.
In 2018, he was handed a lifetime achievement award for his comedy career by the British Music Hall Society.
Cryer was made an OBE in 2001 and was also a member of the entertainment charity the Grand Order of Water Rats.
He married his wife Theresa in 1962 and they have four children.
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BARRY CRYER photographed in 1975
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