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4.0 out of 5 stars DOCTOR'S SHOULD PRESCRIBE THIS ONE
Barry Cryer has been around since cavemen first chuckled at their neighbours slipping on banana skins and this very funny little volume packs more laughs into its pages than the average Ken Dodd stand up routine. I enjoyed it immensely. It's really a collection of anecdotes, but Mr Cryer has a particularly intimate style of writing which makes his book stand out among...
Published on 6 Aug. 2004 by Mr. R. P. Richardson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as the man himself
This book contains a vast number of 'true' stories, either involving Barry Cryer, witnessed by him or told to him. Although Barry Cryer is one of my most favourite comedians, I was a bit disappointed with this book. Somehow the stories didn't seem so funny on paper as they do when he tells them. There were some genuinely funny stories that made me laugh out loud, though...
Published on 8 Jan. 2004 by M. V. Clarke


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as the man himself, 8 Jan. 2004
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M. V. Clarke (Durham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book contains a vast number of 'true' stories, either involving Barry Cryer, witnessed by him or told to him. Although Barry Cryer is one of my most favourite comedians, I was a bit disappointed with this book. Somehow the stories didn't seem so funny on paper as they do when he tells them. There were some genuinely funny stories that made me laugh out loud, though these were in the minority. Most were amusing, causing a brief smile rather than a laugh. Some were familiar too, such as Humphrey Lyttleton, 'orthinology' and 'word botching.'

An easy, light-hearted read, but not a true reflection of such a great comic. Listen to recordings of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' or see 'Barry Cryer: The First Farewell Tour' for a real dose of authentic Cryer humour!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DOCTOR'S SHOULD PRESCRIBE THIS ONE, 6 Aug. 2004
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Mr. R. P. Richardson "adanaman" (Northolt, Middlesex UK) - See all my reviews
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Barry Cryer has been around since cavemen first chuckled at their neighbours slipping on banana skins and this very funny little volume packs more laughs into its pages than the average Ken Dodd stand up routine. I enjoyed it immensely. It's really a collection of anecdotes, but Mr Cryer has a particularly intimate style of writing which makes his book stand out among many similar gag collections available. Reading it is rather like standing in the pub listening the the man himself as he flits from one subject to another. "Pigs Can Fly" is an easy read and ideal for dipping into. Dump the Prozac in the bin Doris, Bazza isn't guaranteed to be non-addictive, but he'll put a broad smile on your face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Belly laughs from Barry, 12 July 2009
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SilentSinger (London) - See all my reviews
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Barry Cryer is very much a British comedy institution due to the fact that he's penned many a witty line in his time and has appeared with many of the comedy greats and was a stalwart of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.' He first came to my attention whilst hosting a series of the BBC's 'Stand Up Show' in which he acted as MC and seemed to amuse an audience with wit and humour and he's often utilised as a talking head in various 'best of comedy' clip shows.

This book is a series of anecdotes which were either experienced by Cryer or were told to him, some of which are more amusing than others. There are some solid laughs for comedy fans and I hadn't realised until reading one of Cryer's tales that comedy legends Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill died on the same weekend (apparently journalists tried to contact Hill to obtain a quote about Howerd's demise and found the latter dead in his flat.) Some of the stories would strike a cord with a slightly older reader than me, but otherwise I loved this book, because of its short, snappy style and anecdotal style it's easy to pick up and put down at will. Cryer's prose flows well, as would be expected of a writer of his calibre and his ironic euphamisms made me laugh "He was no stranger to the grape..." A great book, really enjoyable and well worth a read for any true comedy fan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLETE RIP-OFF, 21 Jan. 2014
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This book is exactly the same as Butterfly Brain with just a few different lines inserted. I've been deliberately cheated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 23 Jan. 2013
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Lots of showbiz anecdotes from one of the greatest raconteurs of our time. Good condition as described. Made me laugh out loud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barry is one of the comedy geniuses, 19 Dec. 2009
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Mr. A. J. Hindley "AJH" (Liverpool, England) - See all my reviews
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It takes a lot to make me lugh out loud but Barry did just that with this collection of anecdotes. What is wrong with some of the other reviewers...sense of humour bypass
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Dec. 2014
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C. Turke (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant collection of showbiz anecdotes. Barry is in top form here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Jan. 2015
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Great anecdotes - very funny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Dec. 2014
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good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Old Chestnuts, but still tasty, 3 Feb. 2010
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Hard to be objective when you're a fan, as I am. Barry just keeps the gags coming as always. A welcome addition to my toilet bookshelf.
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