The Chronicles of Hernia Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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A glorious collection of some of the funniest - and most touching - anecdotes of a comedy legend
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A collection of hilarious stories and eye-popping anecdotes from the nation's best-loved comedian
Barry Cryer is one of the most respected and admired writers and performers of his time. In a career spanning forty years, Barry has worked alongside the greatest producers and performers in show business: Tommy Cooper, Humphrey Lyttelton, Morecambe and Wise, Willie Rushton, Peter Cook, Kenny Everett, Rory Bremner to name but a few - this book is a veritable Who's Who of comedy.
From humble beginnings at the Windmill Theatre and Expresso Bongo, to The Frost Report, Call My Bluff and I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue, Barry recalls the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in his own inimitable style.
'Barry Cryer ...an anecdote jukebox whose whole life is basically one big chatshow.'
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Despite my considerable disappointments highlighted above I can report that there are luckily few belly laughs to be found in his publication - a great relief to someone recovering from abdominal surgery.
Those looking for insightful witty memoirs of a man whose career has been intertwined with much of the last 60 years of comedy will find this a treasure trove. Those seeking surgical guidance should look elsewhere.
All this is known in the entertainment business where he is nicknamed the laughing assassin - behind his back of course, it doesn't do to insult him to his face, hence why I am writing this under a pseudonym. I understand that Michael Palin after being asked to write the foreword only agreed to do the travel series 'Around the World in 80 Days' for the BBC and leave comedy in order to escape Cryer's retribution, it took 15 years for Cryer to track him down hence why the book wasn't originally published until 1999 (So many innocent foreword contributors who wouldn't write what he told them died in the interim), and Greame Garden employs half a dozen body doubles in fear of Cryer's legendary wit. If only Humphrey Lyttleton had listened and written a more expansive piece for the book he may still be around today.
But seriously...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cross about this book.. Had bought it years ago, republished under another coverPublished 2 months ago by ann
Great book. Very funny, a definite reread in the near futurePublished 5 months ago by Mrs Susan Powell
Barry Cryer is one of the funniest men of our time. Great bookPublished 6 months ago by R B SHOEBRIDGE
Fairly obviously dictated and so at times it isn't as clear as it should be. However, it's entertaining, warm-hearted and generous. Like Barry Cryer.Published 9 months ago by Mrs