Fringe review: Barry Cryer, Innit | The Daily Dust delivering the best bric a brac, daily news and events with a British flavour

* * * * (4 stars)

With the stage holding a high winged back chair and a small smoking table beside it, some might think that a King was about to appear and hold court. Given the performer is Barry Cryer, the crowd might be on to something.

Cryer’s career is so long that the simple “A to Z” list format used here may have been considered cutting edge during his first Fringe appearance in 1847, but when it is put to such effective use, we’ll let Cryer have a pass.

On offer here is a walk down Memory lane, as Cryer talks about the people who have had an impact on his comedic life, throwing in anecdotes, their favourite jokes, and the occasional comment popping up on screen from the tech crew on how well Barry is doing compared to previous nights.

All of this and the spectacular use of puns and wordplay loved by fans of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” and other appearances.

It’s clear that the building blocks of material used here aren’t original, but in a sense that doesn’t mater, because the war stories are what the audience want. They want to be in the same room, to be entertained, to be charmed, to laugh with the Master. And the old pro delivers.

* * * * (4 stars)

Barry Cryer

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