When Clary Met Barbr

Julian Clary and Barb Jungr's friendship dates back to the 1980s.

Julian Clary and Barb Jungr’s friendship dates back to the 1980s.

It seems that mystifying and mismatched pairings are everywhere we look. Clegg and Cameron. Chocolate and chilli. Michael McIntyre and a successful comedy career.

Barb Jungr and Julian Clary are another couple that can be added to that list. Jungr is the no-nonsense Northern chanteuse who has sung brand new life into the works of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Surrey-born Clary, on the other hand, is best known to one generation as a camp comedian and game show host (in)famous for his gag about ex-Chancellor Norman Lamont and to another as the winner of a reality show.

Despite all that, these two have quite a bit of shared history. Back in the 1980s, as part of musical duo Jungr & Parker, the former toured the UK nationally and internationally with Clary and appeared with him on Channel 4 television in the comedian’s Sticky Moments and Terry and Julian. Jungr also composed and performed the theme songs for three of his national TV programmes, including Mr and Mrs (with composer and co-writer James Tomalin) and co-produced Clary’s single Wandering Star.

This Sunday, Jungr and Clary will team up again for some much-anticipated shenanigans at the Crazy Coqs. Will there be any duets? Will the well-to-do crowd warm to (or even remember) Clary? And will he be able to resist some kind of single entendre based on the venue’s name? Yes, yes and not a hope is our guess but there’s really only one way to find out.

Jungr follows up this show with another two Sunday gigs sharing the stage first with Julie Madly Deeply‘s Sarah-Louise Young and then Gary Williams the following week. Tickets can be purchased at through the Crazy Coqs website.


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