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Barry Cryer

Scriptwriter

Barry Cryer has well and truly earned the title of a comedy legend.  He has written for almost every top comedian in the country including Bruce Forsyth (on the number one ratings show The Generation Game), Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Mike Yarwood, Billy Connelly, Russ Abbot, Bobby Davro, Jasper Carrot, Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, Stanley Baxter, Dick Emery, Dave Allen, Frankie Howerd, Les Dawson (with David Nobbs), the Carry On team on television and many more.

During a long association with ATV he wrote for Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, Phyllis Diller, Richard Pryor and other visiting stars. He also wrote shows for singers such as Tom Jones and Petula Clark (a Silver Rose winner) and advised and wrote a musical show for Dennis Waterman of The Sweeney and Minder.

Many Awards

A Harry Secombe show which he co-wrote with Spike Mullins and Peter Vincent (writing partners for many shows) won the Pye Light Entertainment award of its year. For eight years he wrote (with Ray Cameron) the Kenny Everett shows for ITV and BBC, which won several awards, including BAFTA, the Royal Society, The Press Guild and two special mentions at Montreux. The Everett Connection has yielded nine series, Christmas and New Year shows, two independently made videos and a feature film. The same team produced Assaulted Nuts – a series for HBO cable TV in America and on Channel 4.

For five years he was the chairman of Jokers Wild on ITV. He wrote and appeared in Hello Cheeky with Tim Brooke-Taylor and John Junkin on both radio and television. He wrote and appeared in What’s On Next and The Steam Video Company for Thames Television.

As one of the country's most prolific comedy writers, Barry began by writing revues for the Fortune Theatre, home of Beyond The Fringe. This led to writing and appearing in night club shows for Danny La Rue, an association that was to last for thirteen years.

While still working with Danny, he met David Frost who invited him to join the writing roster on the BBC programme, the Frost Report - an amazing group of writers who included what was to become the whole of Monty Python - Marty Feldman, David Nobbs (author of the Reginald Perrin series and a future writing partner) and many more. One show - “Frost over England” - won the Golden Rose at that year’s Montreux Festival. Barry has also been associated with Silver and Bronze award winning shows at the Festival.

He moved with Frost to ITV and wrote and appeared in the Frost Programme, Frost on Sunday etc, until he returned to the BBC as one of the original Two Ronnies writers. His association with Ronnie Corbett had begun in the Danny La Rue shows and continued with Barry writing for the last two series of Small Talk.

 

Barry Cryer - ScriptwriterBarry Cryer has well and truly earned the title of a comedy legend