Playing the piano, he sings "Where is the lid?" 3. A running gag in which either Fry or Laurie, after mentioning another character by name, follows with "no relation" as if implying that their names—which are invariably completely different from Fry and Laurie's names—would lead viewers into believing them to be a relative. Episode 5 5 / 6 Another half-hour of events designed to make you laugh, with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Series 1 was released on 6 July 2007 in Region 4. The 36-minute pilot was broadcast on BBC1 at 11:55 pm on Boxing Day 1987, although it was later edited down to 29 minutes for repeat transmissions (including broadcasts on the Paramount Comedy Channel). A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Chatshow. He is behind his desk. A sketch about a Shakespeare masterclass ("an actor prepares"), where a teacher (Stephen Fry) with delusions of grandeur gives pretentious, nonsensical acting advice to his eager student (Laurie). 29:29. With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton, Geoffrey McGivern. Hugh Well, I, yes, I think so Jack, yes, I try to be a decent sort of chap, yes. It ran for four series and totalled 26 episodes, including a 36-minute pilot episode in 1987. Mr Dalliard is a non-appearing character in various sketches, all taking place in a shop environment. Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. This causes Stuart great consternation as he attempts to conceal his own inabilities and maintain his reputation as an intelligent and competent businessman. During a sketch where Fry had supposedly removed Laurie's brain, Laurie came out and said that he had just finished watching Noel Edmonds and that he is fantastic.[4]. With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton. Both in Series 3 and 4, Fry precedes the question with increasingly silly introductions: The catchphrase "soupy twist" is said by both Laurie and Fry at the end of each episode of series 3 and 4 (save the Series 3 closer), in a manner similar to 'cheers'. One written sketch entitled "Dammit 3" was unaired; those actually shown in the programme went straight from "Dammit 2" to "Dammit 4". Episode 6. and "Dammit John!". gcse.async = true; A conversation about the uniqueness of Language and how it defines us. [5] Fry then shakes the cocktail while dancing eccentrically and serves it to Laurie (in Series 3) or the guest performers (in Series 4), while Laurie plays the piano and imitates the sound of a muted trombone. Hugh Laurie Interviews Michael Jackson - A Bit of Fry and Laurie - BBC. Stuart is brash, arrogant and with a hugely inflated sense of his abilities in and out of the office. var cx = '013150566445813836870:WMX-1835294088'; The show began because something else did not. The character is a parody of several television shows of the 1970s, most prominently The Professionals. Fry and Laurie explored a seemingly inexhaustible list of subjects with a delicious turn of phrase and elaborate wordplay. A Bit Of Fry And Laurie S04e05. Laurie was also seen playing piano and a wide variety of other instruments and singing comical numbers. Video (youtube.com) Video (youtube.com) Stephen and Hugh enter with their mouths gagged with tape, like anti-nuclear protestors (according to Hugh, who knows about these things). Hugh Laurie has said he and Stephen Fry "often" discuss reforming their comedy double act, 25 years after their sketch show, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, ended. I'm sorry", and resume the conversation. John (Fry) and Peter (Laurie) are hard-driving, hard-drinking executives who are always partners, no matter what business they happen to be running; in most of their sketches they run a health club. This wonderful archive of Fry & Laurie scripts once had a home as part of the now-defunct GeoCities website. (function() { Laurie ignores Fry and continues to play until Fry punches him. A sketch in the second series, in which a Conservative government minister is strangled while Stephen Fry screams at him "What are you doing to the television system? A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Slightly Mad Each episode of Series 3 and 4 ends with Stephen Fry preparing a ridiculously named and even more ridiculously concocted cocktail. 5:35. He sings (or rather speaks) his songs from a pulpit. It was the first pilot Fry and Laurie had produced for the BBC since 1983; their previous attempt, The Crystal Cube, had not met with the BBC's approval. Amazon UK released a complete box set (all 4 series) on 30 October 2006, along with series 4 itself. In this sketch, a man returns home from vacation to find strange changes to his local police station. Two compilations were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 11 August 1994. The script for this sketch is available in the script books and online.[8]. What are you doing to the country? Sketch (Englisch) Moviepilot. Directed by Roger Ordish. 28:16. With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, John Grillo. He and Hugh Laurie are an iconic double act. A Bit of Fry & Laurie - Hugh Laurie is dead! The stories told were often in the style of The Twilight Zone. He spoofs American college activist rock, singing about how everyone can make the world a better place. Laurie later played the song when appearing on an episode of Inside the Actors Studio in 2006. There were two written, but unaired, sketches featuring the pair, entitled "Spies Five" and "Spies/Twin"—the latter revealing that Control (whose real name was, in fact, Control) had a twin brother also named Control, who painted erotic murals in Earl's Court. Directed by Kevin Bishop. A customer in a shoe shop is surprised to learn that the shoes are not for sale, but actually available for pleasures of the flesh, he is eventually tempted by Fredericka the moccasin. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie's eccentric sketch show. ... Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie's eccentric sketch show Homepage. . Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie choose some poems suitable for the modern world with its short attention spans and commuter trains. When he reaches the end of the song, he repeats the line "All we gotta do is..." several times, and then resumes playing the harmonica. Video (youtube.com) Video (youtube.com) Hugh is a young and surprisingly handsome chat-show host on a young and surprisingly awful Channel Four chat-show. There was also a similar sketch called In the Bath With... on the radio series Saturday Night Fry. Drive. Partly because of the announcement that GeoCities was to close , but mostly out of devoted fandom, I downloaded the website and repurposed its preformatted text – partly by hand but mostly via regular expressions – to preserve its usefulness for the long term. Much like his cover of "Love Me Tender", this song appears to be Laurie's attempt at seriousness, at least until he reaches the part when he must actually sing what everyone is supposed to do to build a better society. ": Laurie announces that he has written a "savage, angry" song about "jars that become separated from their lids". Tony (Laurie) first appears in series 2. The final series of eccentric, high brow comedy sketches by Fry and Laurie. This song is thematically and musically very similar to "America". Year: ... TV Comedy Sketch UK a list of 39 titles created 15 Dec 2018 See all related lists » Share this page: Clear your history. On iPlayer. The first such song, "Mystery", parodies a mournful love song from a lounge singer (Laurie mimics the vocal mannerisims of Sammy Davis Jr.) and presents the obstacles to a relationship between the singer and the object of affection, which become more outlandish every verse: she lives in a different country, would probably have a problem with the singer's job ("with the Thames Water Authority"), has never actually met and may indeed "take a violent dislike" to the singer, and has been dead since 1973 ("fifteen years come next Jan-uary"). Directed by Roger Ordish. In series 2, Saint-Saëns is not credited for the end music ("Finale" from The Carnival of the Animals) until the second half of the series. The series made numerous jokes at the expense of the Tory prime ministers of the time, Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and one sketch depicted a televised "Young Tory of the Year" competition in which a young Conservative (Laurie) recites a deliberately incoherent speech consisting only of nonsense political buzzwords, such as "family values" and "individual enterprise". A running joke had one character adding "if you'll pardon the pun" mid-conversation, when there had, in fact, been no pun uttered. [9], All four series, and the pilot, of A Bit of Fry & Laurie are available to stream on Amazon's Prime Video service.[10]. With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton. Episode 5. Drive. Here are some of the ways in which it differs:-, That old GeoCities website contained this note:-. The two performers met at Cambridge University – through mutual friend Emma Thompson, no less – and went on to make several TV series together in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including the classic sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie.. He is the host of several talk shows, each one devoted to an odd action performed by the host and the guest during the course of the interview. Their antagonist in every business operation is the diabolical Marjorie (John's ex-wife). I really hope you enjoy it as much as I continue to. Recently Viewed . Between sketches, both Laurie and Fry appear as people in the street, including a police officer; a drifting geek; a woman who suddenly remembers she has "left the iron on"; a pensioner who says that he "wouldn't suck it", without specifying what 'it' is and then walking off laughing; an old conservative; and others. s.parentNode.insertBefore(gcse, s); I give a brief shake [he shakes his head and makes "brr" noises], and I pour out this golden phrase:" (Series 4, episode 4), "And as I prepare your Swinging Ballsacks, I ask this question, in accordance with known principles:" (Series 4, episode 5), "While I mix these, I turn to the debonair doyen of the dance and I ask as askingly as I might this ask:" (Series 4, episode 6), [Preparing a "Modern Britain"] "But perhaps, somewhere, you might be inspired to add one small, tender, caring cherry of hope. Here are some of my favourites:-, part of the now-defunct GeoCities website, the announcement that GeoCities was to close, All sketches — as well as book & programme indices — are. comedy asked me. To the best of my knowledge, all of these books are no longer in print. gcse.type = 'text/javascript'; The official authorised Fry & Laurie story, Soupy Twists by Jem Roberts, was published by Unbound in 2018. Such insertions became less frequent in the last two series. It's a Soaraway Life: The Rupert Murdoch Sketch A Bit of Fry and Laurie originally broadcast between 1989 and 1995. This website is an intermittently ongoing labour of love designed to safeguard a long-standing treasure of the web and bring Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie’s older work to a wider audience; it’s not – save for a couple of Amazon Associates links – an attempt to cash in on their hard work. 2:41. Directed by Roger Ordish. I remember A Bit of Fry and Laurie from the late 80s/early 90s, and it was always the highlight of the week. Neddy was being force-fed information from Jack when it became clear that Jack's organisation was a group of Nazis who were bent on ruling England through Neddy. She comes into the sitting-room, and screams. I have only created a means of accessing them. Every time he reaches this part, as if unable to think of an actual course of action to save the world, he mumbles incoherently in to the microphone. Stephen stares at Hugh for a long time. Gordon (Fry) and Stuart (Laurie) are executives and old friends. Though the programme mostly consisted of one-time situations and sketches, a few characters appeared over several episodes and series. A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Hugh and Stephen are in a London club sort of place. Best sketch from "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" by Leox Xxen. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight Both of those statements continue to apply here. The show did not shy away from commenting on issues of the day. })(); This wonderful archive of Fry & Laurie scripts once had a home as part of the now-defunct GeoCities website. A lesbian-obsessed lawyer, a miserable English teacher, and a young couple who baptize their infant for business reasons provide plenty of fodder for the critics' self-absorbed rambling. A Bit of Fry & Laurie is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring former Cambridge Footlights members Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, broadcast on both BBC1 and BBC2 between 1989 and 1995. It ran for four series and totalled 26 episodes, including a 36-minute pilot episode in 1987. 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