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Not as funny as the man himself
on 8 January 2004
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!