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Barry Cryer Comedy Scrapbook, by Barry Cryer & Philip Porter

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The Telegraph, November 2009

 

“A life story told in snippets. There are photographs galore, bits of script, quotes from friends and colleagues, photocopied hurried notes and even greetings telegrams to celebrate the comedy script writer and performer who has established himself as a national treasure. Barry Cryer is surely Honorary Curator of the Nation’s Gags and friend of everyone in the biz. He has worked with them all, reminisces (always generously) about them all, and they repay the compliment. Graeme Garden even provides a clue to the origins of Mornington Crescent.”

 

Oliver Pritchett

 

The Call Boy, Winter 2015, Volume 52, No 4

 

"Philip Porter, in chief a motoring and allied transport expert but also a Sherlock Holmes devotee, hit upon the idea of the 'scrapbook' in 2005, with Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Murray Walker among the starring subjects.  The product is biographical and chronological, the content is a melange of ephemera of the subject's past - photographs, diary items, letters, news cuttings and the like, and of the reminiscences of usually famed colleagues and friends.

 

"Philip Porter, a confessed addict of British comedy, decided to expand the arena; thus Barry Cryer is celebrated in this lavishly expansive - no less than 400 illustrations - publication, adorned with the wisecracks and fond memories of the extensive gallery of British entertainers of the last generations.  First published in 2009, it is hugely riveting.  Where some books are unputdownable, this one is eminently pickuppable;  I have found myself constantly returning to it just to open at random and enjoy a quip here - many of them Barry Cryer's own wit and chaff, inevitably - and a poignant memento there.

 

"Barry Cryer has been round the comedic track as often as anyone, usually at well-timed and telling pace.  If Philip Porter was looking for a Formula One Champion, Stirling Moss style, of British entertainment with whom to produce one of his fine scrapbooks, he alighted on the right person."

 

Eric Midwinter

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Barry Cryer Comedy Scrapbook, by Barry Cryer & Philip Porter

Standard Edition

 

 

£19.99

 

Standard (signed) Edition

 

These standard edition copies have been signed by both Barry Cryer & Philip Porter.

£24.95

 

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The finest endorsement we could hope for – the great man’s views on The Barry Cryer Scrapbook, not to mention a few jokes…

 

…with more to follow!

 

Standard edition

& Standard signed editions available - see purchase information below

Barry Cryer is a national treasure.  He has been making people laugh for over 50 years and continues to be at the top of his game.

 

In his time he has worked with, and become great friends with, an absolute Who’s Who of the comedy world – such icons as Tommy Cooper, Morecambe and Wise, John Cleese, Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker, Michael Palin, Alan Bennett, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Frankie Howerd, Kenny Everett, Bruce Forsyth, Les Dawson … the list is endless.

 

In this book he recounts many stories about the great names, some very funny, some poignant.  He talks fascinatingly about humour and the things and people that amuse him.  Go behind the scenes of the cult that is I’m Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue, meet Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Jeremy Hardy.  Learn more about the great ‘Humph’.  Read the ad libs!

 

Barry Cryer is one of the great names of British comedy.  This is a light-hearted, amusing and intriguing tribute to Barry and a celebration of the best of British comedy.  It is a must for anyone with a sense of humour.  Especially if you take humour seriously.

 

This book is packed full of material to amuse, fascinate and intrigue anyone with a sense of humour.

 

  • A behind-the-scenes look at British humour.
  • Foreword by Michael Palin.
  • John Cleese, Michael Palin, Ronnie Corbett, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Jeremy Hardy share their memories of Barry Cryer and give an exclusive insight into his comedy genius.
  • Delving into the lives of those Cryer has been close to.
  • Spliced with humourous asides and rib-ticklers.
  • 400 eclectic illustrations.
  • More than a few surprises.
  • Share the fun and warmth that is Barry Cryer, a lovable favourite with all ages.
  • Ninth in the series of Original Scrapbooks – previous victims include Sir Stirling Moss and Murray Walker.

 

 

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