REVIEW: Barry Cryer - Diss Corn Hall

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Barry Cryer is not only a long established comedian, but has been a writer to a who’s who of British Comedy and a few notable American ones.

He has also been a mainstay of Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, along with his musical associate, Colin Sell.

The first half was joke laden with music interjections, after Barry’s train of thought with slight deviations, due to, he said, his “butterfly brain”.

The second half opened with Colin Sell performing a song worthy of Flanders and Swann. It was then that Barry entered holding ‘Barry’s Bucket’, which had been carried around the audience to place topics on cards which he could elucidate upon.

This allowed Barry to talk about his life, and comedians and actors like Tony Hancock and Tommy Cooper, as well as their favourite jokes, including a funny, but eerie story about a ventriloquist’s doll.

They concluded with a song about growing old, ‘Zimmer Frame Blues’, followed by an encore with ‘Show Me The Way to Go Home’. All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable night by a master, recalling how stand up used to be.

NIGEL FILBY