Max Cryer is one of New Zealand's best-known entertainers. He has been a singer, compere, television presenter, radio host and quizmaster. A consummate professional, Max has made records, represented New Zealand at many cultural events, and co-ordinated the production of Kiri Te Kanawa's best-selling record of Maori songs.
His ‘Curious Questions’ programme on radio has been running since 1997 (Saturday mornings on Radio Live) and his book of the same name was one of New Zealand’s biggest selling titles in 2001, followed in 2002 by Curious Kiwi Words and Curious Thoughts, More Curious Questions and the Godzone Dictionary.
Max's professional career began a soloist at Sadlers Wells Opera in London, then moved into cabaret and television work throughout Europe and then New Zealand.
In this country he recorded 15 long-playing albums, made over 200 television entertainment appearances, hosted twelve different television series, and was awarded ‘Entertainer of the Year.’
An offer from a Hollywood-based entertainment agency resulted in his being contracted for ten years to perform 17 tours of USA as a cabaret and TV performer throughout California, Las Vegas, Florida, New York, and Chicago.
Returning to NZ, his stage appearances include Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” the King of Siam in “The King and I,” and Count Danilo in “The Merry Widow”. Max hosted NZ’s first ever live talk-variety TV show “Town Cryer” for three years, before becoming a staff producer for TVNZ for the following ten years, where he produced ten series of “Mastermind” and “University Challenge.”
He was seconded from TVNZ by the NZ Government to direct all entertainment at two World Expos, (1988 Brisbane and 1992 Seville) during which he organised a total of two thousand performances over both Expos, including one thousand Maori cultural performances. Back in NZ he made his last appearance in opera at the opening of the Aotea Centre in Auckland, as Prince Orlovsky in “Die Fledermaus,” with Dame Malvina Major.
A university graduate with a Master’s degree in Language and Literature, former Chairman of the Oxford Union debates, and a judge of the Montana Book Award, Max's nine published books include the only history of NZ's national anthem; an anthology about cats; and " Love Me Tender" - a history of the world's favourite songs. His books have been published in Australasia, UK, Germany, Italy, USA and Russia.
He appears frequently as announcer and host for major musical events, as narrator with orchestras, and as Master of Ceremonies for visiting notables (e.g. for Prince Charles; Charlton Heston; Countess Mountbatten) and is a frequent and popular speaker on the subject of language at corporate functions and conferences throughout New Zealand.
Now you can have this world class compere MC your conference or event or simply entertain your dinner audience with his many stories.