The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2015 – Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden – Old Masters

Barry Cryer and Ronnie GoldenAfter a rigorous dollop of Sarah Kane, I think we might be in need of a good laugh. Surely that’s guaranteed in an hour in the company of Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden. According to the blurb: “Expect comedy songs and gags galore from the well-loved duo, back at the Fringe to prove they’re still alive and old’s cool. Barry will have an aviary of new parrot jokes and Ronnie will be cleaning up after them. ‘Two of comedy’s most fabled masters’ (Festival Times). ‘I laughed incontinently’ (Guardian).

Barry and RonnieIt definitely sounds as though they’re going to be trading on their age, but I’m sure there will be more to it than that. Anyway, with Mr Cryer at 80 and Mr Golden being of an unspecified age (according to Wikipedia – but late 60s I reckon), there’s heaps of life in the old dogs yet. I’ve admired Barry Cryer’s comic prowess for as long as I can remember – as a kid I loved both Jokers Wild on TV and Hello Cheeky on the radio – and this will be the first time I’ve seen him in real life, so I am really looking forward to it. It’s on at 16:15 at the Gilded Balloon Nightclub, so check back around 5.30 to see just how funny they were. You can also find out what’s next on our Fringe agenda for Tuesday.


Well that was fun! A nice blend of comedy songs and jokes to pack out the Gilded Balloon nightclub on a wet Tuesday afternoon. I particularly enjoyed the song “FIFA” to the tune of Fever, and the love song to Nicola Sturgeon. Mr Cryer is indeed a splendid 80! Good parrot and pub jokes too! 

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