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Story time with Cryer
on 4 July 2016
Barry Cryer is one of those people who seems to be have been around forever, and in a successful 50-plus career as a comedian, writer, and panellist, he naturally has some good stories to tell.
'Pigs Can Fly' is my no means a full-scale autobiography, it's a collection of short, and witty anecdotes, which involve himself, and other people. There is no narrative structure to it's 168 pages, just lots of random, genuinely amusing, one-after-the-other little tales. Barry writes about the many household names he's worked with or encountered in his varied entertainment career, ranging from the late and the great such as Thora Third, Bernard Manning, Frankie Howard, and Danny La Rue, to people who are still with us like Paul O'Grady, and Russell Grant, as well as lesser-known, and almost completely forgotten, but nevertheless seemingly very colourful characters.
I do like Barry, although would never really consider myself a true fan of his, in the sense that I'd go out of my way to watch something with him in it, but I do respect his talents and longevity in what is a very competitive, notoriously fickle business. I enjoyed dipping in and out of 'Pigs Can Fly', which provides good light-hearted reading, and a treasure trove of celebrity gossip. If you appreciate the old-school kind of comic, then you'll really enjoy this one, and find find some good stories about a few of your other favourites from the past.