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The most important and comprehensive collection of parrot jokes ever assembled

Animals have been friends with man for centuries, but only a parrot gets to talk about it.

The eponymous hero of Hercule Parrot’s Cagebook is a scarlet macaw, who although born into the humble surroundings of the Honduran rainforest in 1935, soon filled his life with epic travels of scandalous carousing and yarn worthy exploits.

Next Christmas, Barry & Bob Cryer want to celebrate their friendship with this fabulously colourful creature by writing down his random squawks and musings on everything from cinema to religion and sport to the art world. We believe it’s how Jesus would want us to celebrate his birthday.

This is the most important, authoritative and comprehensive collection of parrot miscellany ever assembled - packed with all manner of delightful surprises – beautiful illustrations and photographs of famous parrots and their owners, a healthy feathering of useful information, not to mention the finest collection of parrot jokes this side of Treasure Island.

Hercule Parrot’s Cagebook is everything you’ll need to suck seed.

Find out why a parrot talks, what the original “pieces of eight” were, what Casanova’s parrot squawked at all of his lovers, which Royal mistress was buried with hers and why burglars should tread carefully when encountering a talking bird.

We now need you, parrot fans, to help Hercule take flight. It’ll knock you off your perch!

Barry Cryer is one of the country's best loved comedy writers, having written for Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Bruce Forsyth, Max Miller, Tony Hancock, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Frankie Howerd, Kenny Everett, Spike Milligan, Dave Allen, and The Two Ronnies. He’s written with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, David Nobbs, Peter Vincent, Dick Vosburgh and John Junkin and as a performer, has appeared in TV and radio shows spanning the over five decades. He’s a regular at the Edinburgh Festival and is one of the stars of Radio 4's “I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue”. He’s received awards from BAFTA, The Royal Society, The Press Guild and Montreux and was made an OBE in 2001.

Bob Cryer is an actor and writer who’s currently writing an opera with composer Amber Priestley. As an actor, he’s been seen recently in Grimsby with Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as a recurring role in a new BBC cop drama Interceptor. Other TV credits include Outnumbered, Eastenders, Holby City, Coronation Street, The Bill and Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special. His theatre credits include work for The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wilton’s Music Hall, Thelma Holt, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Jericho House.


Reviews

For Mrs Hudson’s Diaries:

‘Mrs Hudson’s Diaries, by the veteran joke writer Barry Cryer and his son Bob, purports to present us with the secret journal of the landlady of 221b Baker Street. A minor player in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, she is in these pages promoted to the status of protagonist. Much fun is had with this conceit and with Hudson’s often Pooterish voice (“Well, here I am writing a diary”). The Cryers show evident relish in describing their heroine’s brushes with the stars of Doyle’s originals – whether complaining that Holmes is “the very worst tenant in London”, comforting Watson after the death of his first wife (“the funeral was only last month but his return to his old quarters seems to have brought him some peace”), or encouraging the detective to join in the Christmas celebrations (“I didn’t know both he and Dr Watson knew all the words to ‘Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy’”). She has occasional, unwitting encounters with other familiar names – “a family called Baskerville”; a mysterious anagrammatic villain who leaves the words “Army Riot” as the only clue to his identity.

There are some fine literary jokes (“I like Wilkie Collins – he helps me sleep”) and the notion that one of Doyle’s other creations, the cantankerous Professor Challenger, moves into Holmes’s old rooms after the sleuth’s retirement is an especially pleasing one. Some good¬natured horseplay is also had with ancient black and ¬white photographs, stomach ¬churning period recipes (for pig’s liver, boiled tripe and so on) and an increasingly querulous set of footnotes.


Surprisingly, the most memorable pieces of this slender, larky project are to be found in its sporadic attempts to suggest a real inner life for the landlady – bereavement, a flirtation, a sense of humour, an unexpectedly philosophical cast of mind. The book’s final lines, as Mrs Hudson sits alone on a bench in Victoria Embankment Gardens and seems to sense the inexorable approach of war, modernity and change, hint at an intriguing stratum in this otherwise lightweight entertainment.’


TLS FICTION (JONATHAN BARNES)

Reviews for “Butterfly Brain”:

‘A wonderfully sunny book, almost irresponsibly lightweight, and I laughed many, many times. That anyone would buy Ant and Dec's autobiography instead of this is clearly a crime against humanity and good sense.’


THE SPECTATOR

Animals have been friends with man for centuries, but only a parrot gets to talk about it.

The eponymous hero of Hercule Parrot’s Cagebook is a scarlet macaw, who although born into the humble surroundings of the Honduran rainforest in 1935, soon filled his life with epic travels of scandalous carousing and yarn worthy exploits.

Next Christmas, Barry & Bob Cryer want to celebrate their friendship with this fabulously colourful creature by writing down his random squawks and musings on everything from cinema to religion and sport to the art world. We believe it’s how Jesus would want us to celebrate his birthday.

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Jewish Parrot Joke

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Hercule was out shopping the other day in Watford, when he bumped into an old friend, a Toucan called Dennis. Dennis said "You like Jewish humour, Hercule, don't you?" "Of course" said Hercule. "And you obviously like parrot jokes..." said Dennis. "Go on" said Hercule. "Well, how about a Jewish parrot joke?" "I'm listening" said our eponymous hero. Here it is, in all its faded glory...

How Suck Seed In Business Without Really Flying...

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Dear Friends,

We are proud to announce our first gig as Parrot Handlers:

An Audience with Bob & Barry Cryer

at Tara Arts

TARA THEATRE

356 GARRATT LANE

EARLSFIELD

LONDON

SW18 4ES

A hilarious evening of jokes, anecdotes and parrots on

SUNDAY 29th JANUARY

"Legendary comedy writer Barry Cryer, together with his son the actor and writer Bob Cryer, is creating Hercule Parrot's Cagebook…

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