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Barry Charles Cryer OBE (born 23 March 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England) is a British writer and comedian. Cryer has written for many noted performers, including Dave Allen, Stanley Baxter, Jack Benny, Rory Bremner, George Burns, Jasper Carrott, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Kenny Everett, Bruce Forsyth, David Frost, Bob Hope, Frankie Howerd, Richard Pryor, Mike Yarwood, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise.[1]

Cryer also wrote episodes for the Doctor in the House television comedy series in Britain.

Educated at Leeds Grammar School, Cryer went on to study English Literature at the University of Leeds.
After appearing in University revue, Cryer was offered a week’s work at the famous Leeds City Varieties theatre, home of The Good Old Days, the longest-running television entertainment show in the world.[2] On graduation he transferred professionally to London. After impressing impresario Vivian Van Damm, Cryer began the bottom billing act at the Windmill Theatre in London, a club which showed comedy acts in between nude tableau shows.
However, Cryer suffered severely from eczema, and after a number of hospitalisations was released from his contract by Van Damm. Concluding a performing career was not a wholly sustainable income choice because of his skin condition, Cryer chose to focus mainly on writing - something he could do even when suffering eczema attacks, which he did for the next eight years.

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