Barry Cryer gets the jokes in early at Bishop’s Stortford and Haverhill

PUBLISHED: 12:18 02 February 2017

Barry Cryer

Barry Cryer


Barry Cryer says the trick to comedy is to “get the laughs in early”.

It might also be advisable to get the tickets in early for his two performances in the region this month and next.

On Friday, February 10, Barry will be with fellow comic Ronnie Golden at the Charis Centre, Water Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, and on Friday, March 3, Barry will be with his accomplice Colin Sell (the pianist on BBC Radio 4’s Sorry I Haven’t a Clue) at Haverhill Arts Centre with a show called Strictly Come Joking. The publicity line being: Join them before they fall apart.

One of Britain’s comedy legends, Barry Cryer has been making Britain laugh for more than 50 years. He didn’t waste any time getting the jokes in early in his life. He was spotted by a London agent while still at Leeds University.

He says he auditioned for the Windmill Theatre in the West End and started work an hour-and-a-half later.

His CV is dizzying. It would be easier to list the prizes he hasn’t won, the people he hasn’t written for, and the top tv shows where he didn’t write the script.

The comics he has written for include Morecambe and Wise, Bruce Forsyth (on the The Generation Game), Tommy Cooper, Stanley Baxter, Dick Emery, Dave Allen, Frankie Howerd, Les Dawson, the Carry On team, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Mike Yarwood, Billy Connelly, Russ Abbot, Bobby Davro and Jasper Carrott.

In the 1960s, he wrote West End reviews. He worked with drag artist Danny La Rue for 13 years, and his writing partners have included David Frost, Marty Feldman, the Python team and David Nobbs. His work has won gold, silver and bronze at the Montreux Festival.

And now he will be playing Bishop’s Stortford and Haverhill. All that hard work has paid off.

Charis Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets £17.60 from

Haverhill Arts Centre, 8pm. Tickets £20 from haverhillarts or 01440 714140.

Doors 7.30pm unreserved seating, real ale available. Over-18s only.

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