February 21, 2022

An infinite gamer

I listened to a short tribute to Barry Cryer on Friday.  Of course I found it funny.

It was also clear that he was an extremely generous person.   It seems that what he cared about was keeping good comedy going, and he did that by encouraging it wherever he found it.   He laughed at everyone else’s jokes, called his fellow comedians on their birthdays, and rang them also after every radio show he heard to congratulate them on their performance.  He considered every comedian a fellow comedian, even the younger ones who thought him old hat.  He mentored some of them, laughed with and congratulated others.

All I could think as I was listening to the programme was that if you want to know what it actually looks like to play an  ‘infinite game’, you just need to look at the life of Barry Cryer.