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A Bit Of Fry & Laurie. Image shows from L to R: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry.

A Bit Of Fry & Laurie

A TV sketch show which helped launch the careers of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and set them on their way to comedy super-stardom

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ContainsNuts

  • Friday 7th March 2008, 3:53pm
  • London, England
  • 2,518 posts

My favourite double-act by a long chalk and, believe me, my chalk is very long. There was a great pace to it: vox pop short sketches, longer sketches, and the musical ending was genius. You can buy the scripts of a bit of Fry and Laurie - a great read.

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Moonstone

  • Friday 7th March 2008, 5:53pm
  • England
  • 11,542 posts
Quote: zooo @ March 2, 2008, 11:30 AM

I don't think there could ever be anyone as good at writing sketches as they are.

I think so too. So many gems.
When Hugh appeared on QI I thought it was nice to see them together again, I wonder if that was a foreshadowing? I hope so.

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T.W.

  • Saturday 8th March 2008, 4:01pm
  • England
  • 15,786 posts

I doubt it whilst Hugh is still working on the punishing schedule that's involved in producing 'House'. Perhaps at some point they could at least get together for a special one-off? On my wish-list.

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Starscream

  • Saturday 8th March 2008, 11:19pm
  • England
  • 48 posts

You know, that is a really good call. I used to absolutely love Fry and Laurie. I'm going to acquire some of their stuff and study it. Brilliant example of how to write comedy.

Thanks for the idea!

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T.W.

  • Monday 17th March 2008, 7:58pm
  • England
  • 15,786 posts

Interestingly the other day, whilst Hugh Laurie was complaining that since he's been in 'House' British TV producers have turned their backs on him, he commented that he's "absolutely love to do anything" with Stephen (I presume he meant showbiz-related).

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 18th March 2008, 12:12am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,366 posts

I'm sure zooo will take it (oo eck!) either way!

But yeah, would definitely be nice to see them back together again. :)

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SlagA

  • Tuesday 18th March 2008, 12:57am [Edited]
  • Blackwood, Wales
  • 5,335 posts

You know, you're right, and I didn't even realise it until it was brought up. When I think about it, they almost snook under the radar back then. So underrated. One of the last truly great sketch shows, on a par with Big Train, and certainly better than something like the more popular Fast Show.

A great double act and as iconically British (in my mind) as Reeves and Mortimer.

Their contributions to the legend of BlackAdder are also as underrated.

thanks to the original poster, I'll be tracking down what I can of them.

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Ben

  • Tuesday 18th March 2008, 1:10am
  • England
  • 18,350 posts

On Matthew Stott's recommendation, I got hold of the collection of their scripts. It's great!

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zooo

  • Tuesday 18th March 2008, 1:15am
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,187 posts

Fry and Laurie are amazing. When you watch them now it doesn't even seem particularly dated. Their humour is so modern and still unique. I love them.
Definitely up there with Reeves & Mortimer.

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 18th March 2008, 1:28am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: SlagA @ March 17, 2008, 8:57 PM

A great double act and as iconically British (in my mind) as Reeves and Mortimer.


Far above R&M.

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zooo

  • Tuesday 18th March 2008, 1:29am
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,187 posts

I gather from that you haven't seen any... :)

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 18th March 2008, 1:35am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,366 posts
Quote: SlagA @ March 17, 2008, 8:57 PM

thanks to the original poster, I'll be tracking down what I can of them.


All four series' of A Bit of Fry and Laurie are available on DVD. :)

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Quote: zooo @ March 17, 2008, 9:29 PM

I gather from that you haven't seen any... :)


I have. Not for quite a while admittedly, but I just think Fry and Laurie are superior.

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Ben

  • Tuesday 18th March 2008, 3:10pm
  • England
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I do like R&M; some of their stuff does make me laugh exceptionally loud, but I have to side with Fry and Laurie. Their work is technically brilliant. Anything 'surreal' is always a little dubious as regards the amount of talent involved.

Also, one of the great Fry and Laurie voxpops is:

"We had a baby on the NHS and had to wait 9 months! Can you believe it?!"

Genius.

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 18th March 2008, 5:18pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Winterlight @ March 18, 2008, 11:10 AM

Also, one of the great Fry and Laurie voxpops is:

"We had a baby on the NHS and had to wait 9 months! Can you believe it?!"


Laughing out loud