Saturday, 29 January 2022

'Think of Me'


Maya Angelou once said “ I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you Made them feel”
I like this quote…..and I was reminded of it this week after learning of the death of Barry Cryer.
For those that don’t know Barry Cryer was a comedian, writer, celebrity panelist and performer. 
His career spanned 70 years and almost universally his peers have eulogised the same things about him as a person.
He was warm, and generous and funny and he made them feel good.
I saw Cryer perform live twice . Both times in the famous Radio 4 I’m sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
The first time was in Sheffield in the early 1990s. The second in Llandudno a couple of years ago.
Both times I was struck with just how joyous and generous and warm he was. 
Warm people are so attractive, they suck you towards them like lights do to moths and they seem to warm the soul somehow
Cryer seemed such a man


It would be nice to be remembered like Cryer has been remembered , just over this short few days since his death 
……..fondly.

  

37 comments:

  1. He was a giant in the world of Comedy; I think of Frank Muir in the same light. RIP.

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  2. Barbara Anne4:44 am

    What a lovely tribute to a well appreciated entertainer, John. May Barry Cryer's comedy live on to entertain others for decades to come.
    I love that quotation from Maya Angelou, too.

    Hugs!

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  3. He was very funny and also did seem to be a really warm person. RIP Barry.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPLkwuYmBzg

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  4. He was a very talented, funny and, according to all who knew him, a genuinely lovely man. The world of comedy has lost another of its greats. RIP Barry. xx

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  5. I didn't know he had died. A very funny man. RIP.

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    1. On Tuesday …with good humour said the press release

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  6. Maya Angelou was (and is) an inspiration.

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  7. I wasn't aware of Barry Cryer in his early TV days, only becoming aware of him in the 80s as panellist in radio's ISIHAC and quickly became a fan, astonished at his quickness in delivery and his imagination, always funny and never 'truly' offensive. Saw him in that panel show in Brighton some 15 or so years ago, and then in his own stand-up routine here in Worthing around 2015, when he started with a quip about Martine Navratalova's Lesbianism, which admittedly left a bit of a nasty taste for me - though I now find out that he'd been right to the end, best friends with Sandi Toksvig - and of course we all know how close he was to Kenny Everett too, who he always thought was the funniest man he ever worked with.
    Barry had a good old run, though despite that his passing now has left a bit of a void in my life. Thanks Baz.

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    1. Hi raymondo
      How’s you, nice to hear from you again
      A nice eulogy

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    2. I'll drop by when I can, JayGee - that is when my eyes aren't playing up too much. I've no wish to cut off from ANY contacts, ;east of all yours.
      Cheers.

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  8. I lost count of the times that I used that quote when going through my divorce; I still use it today, nail on head. Barry Cryer was just "always there", always funny :) I'm glad I grew up knowing him.

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  9. All that I've seen about Barry Cryer is that he was witty, intelligent and inventive. I don't think I've ever heard him be cruel, and I think some of the comedians following after him could take note.

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    1. Yes I get that , I think he was once interviewed about comics who are savage and he couldn’t quite understand them

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  10. Because of being very deaf I rarely listen to radio - but tributes like this point to his being a fine man

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    1. I’m sorry you missed I’m sorry I haven’t a clue , it remains a highlight on radio 4

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  11. Barry never forgot his Yorkshire roots.

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  12. I always remember a colleague leaving a job years ago, and she said that we often lose touch once we have left the workplace (this proved true) but that she hoped that if she did come to mind, the memory would bring a smile. I hope that’s how people will think of me.

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    1. Posted too soon - I wanted to add that Barry Cryer has brought many a smile to my face over the years (sometimes through others speaking his words). I’d like to think of him joining Willie Rushton, Humph and the others from I’m sorry I Haven’t a Clue

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    2. Yes , I think if truth be told we would all like to think like your ex colleague

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  13. Rushing home from work every Monday to watch Jokers Wild in 1970. Ted Ray, Arthur Askey, Ray Martine, competing to tell the best joke, chaired by Barry Cryer, who always had the best lines of them all.

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    1. I’ve had you YouTube jokers wild as that was a tad before my time lol

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  14. You have a few decades before you will be remembered like that, then you will be

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  15. Charismatic people are a joy to be with. RIP BC.

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  16. My brother in law, Derek Edwards, is a very funny Canadian comic. What makes Derek so lovable onstage is the warmth and kindness he exudes as he shares stories and insights. It makes me wonder if the best comics have something going on in there genetic make up that makes the rest of us feel safe with them.

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    1. Yes , generally Cryer was very human based , an old fashioned comic that never ridiculed

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  17. By coincidence I was listening to those episodes of ISIHAC from LLandudno yesterday. Barry Cryer was a very funny man and will be very much missed.

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    1. I loved his ad libs not heard on the programme

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  18. Just posted a parrot joke.

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    1. One of my faves , mind you he’s famous for three

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