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[Adapted from email]

I saw a comedy/music show last night (in aid of Bowel Cancel UK, hence the title) that included performances by Bill Bailey, Rhona Cameron, Karen Dunbar, Stephen Frost, Barry Cryer and Eddi Reader. [Ed - Zowie! But the recipient of the email wouldn't have heard of any of them.]

I thought you'd be interested in Barry Cryer (OBE for services to comedy drama). He started at the Windmill Theatre in London, subject of the film 'Mrs Henderson Presents'. He's written for Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Jack Benny, Les Dawson, Kenny Everett, David Frost, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise (and with Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman, etc etc). He appeared in At Last the 1948 Show, Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies, The Goodies, and All You Need is Cash (Rutles). He's a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats. And finally, his record of "Purple People Eater" was number 1 in Finland because it was released there instead of the original.

Impressive, eh?

P.S. Bill Bailey's really good too, does a lot of musical jokes. He did the voice of the whale in the film of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy too.

P.P.S. Bill Bailey also plays theremin (though he didn't last night) and bouzouki and the lucky bastard's got perfect pitch. The major problem with understanding his humour is that, like Weird Al Yankovic, he references a lot of pop music I don't know that well. However, I *did* recognize the theme to EastEnders, a popular soap opera--not sure if I'm proud of that or not.


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