I do a lot of after-dinner speaking, and a lot of it consists of jokes, which are of course in the public domain. The audience just hears jokes, but we, all of us, at some point, write some material for ourselves and I had a particular section — five or ten minutes’ worth — that was known to be mine and that’s what I did. Anyway, I went to a lunch at which Jeffrey Archer spoke and could not believe my ears as he launched into this section practically word for word, and I was furious. But I thought, “I don’t know what I’m going to do about it.” After the lunch I was walking out of the hotel and I heard footsteps behind me and it was Jeffrey Archer. “Barry,” he said, “I changed it a bit in the middle. What do you think?”

Barry Cryer, “Pigs Can Fly”.


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