Barry Cryer, Comedian and ‘Morecambe and Wise’ Writer, Dies at 86

Barry Cryer, Comedian and ‘Morecambe and Wise’ Writer, Dies at 86
British comedian Barry Cryer, who wrote for sketch shows including ‘The Two Ronnies’ and ‘Morecambe and Wise,’ died on Tuesday in London, his family have confirmed. He was 86.

No cause of death has been released.

Cryer was a veteran of British television and radio. Born in Yorkshire, he originally began his career as a variety performer.

According to the BBC, broadcaster Sir David Frost spotted him on stage and invited him to work on his shows, including “The Frost Report” alongside writers John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman.

He would eventually go on to work on a number of beloved television and radio programmes including “Hello, Cheeky!,” “The Two Ronnies” and “Morecambe and Wise.”

He also wrote for dozens of famous comedians such as Bob Hope, Joan Rivers and Tommy Cooper.

Last month, Cryer launched a podcast with his son Bob, an actor and writer, interviewing many of his well-known friends including Stephen Fry,
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