Max Cryer

Max Cryer MBE is a New Zealand television producer, broadcaster, entertainment producer, singer, cabaret performer and author.

He was educated in Vienna, Italy, and New Zealand, and holds a Master’s degree with Honours in Language and Literature.

His professional career began in London, then an international career in cabaret, and a ten-year American contract with seventeen tours of USA as an entertainer in San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and Hollywood.

He has been New Zealand’s Entertainer of the Year, was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal for services to New Zealand, and became a Member of the British Empire in 1995 for services to NZ entertainment.

He was NZ’s first television quizmaster, host of twelve different television series and many specials and host of NZ’s first live talk-variety show “Town Cryer.”

He made his last appearance in opera at the opening of the Aotea Centre in Auckland with Dame Malvina Major.

Max Cryer recently appeared on TEDx Auckland, where he presented a talk called “Language Evolution”. Watch here:


From 1977 he produced over 300 TV shows for TVNZ, including Mastermind, International Mastermind, and University Challenge (New Zealand).

He was seconded by the NZ Government to direct all NZ entertainment for the World Expo 1988 (Brisbane) and World Expo 1992 (Seville) where he organised and supervised 1000 Maori musical and cultural performances.

Since 1997 his weekly radio session has answered listeners’ questions on English language and his non-fiction books have been published in NZ, Australia, UK, Germany and Russia.

To hear Max Cryer on radio, visit Radio Live New Zealand and type ‘Max Cryer’ into the website’s search field.