It’s Sylvester once again! (If you have forgotten about Sylvester, check out last year here.)
For some enjoyment and laughs, let’s share some snippets from one of my all-time favourite shows, A Bit of Fry and Laurie.
This was a comedy sketch show that was on BBC between 1989 and 1995. It ran for four series and totaled 26 episodes. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie were both in the Cambridge Footlights drama/comedy group while at university, together with others such as Emma Thompson, Peter Slattery, and others. They created this show for the BBC. There were some recurring characters, or similarities in scenes. It frequently broke the “fourth wall”, characters would revert into their real-life actors mid-sketch, or the camera would pan off into the studio. They dealt with current issues, and created many catchphrases. Elaborate wordplay and innuendo were staples of its material, although they never shied away from a bit of slapstick.
Between sketches, both Laurie and Fry appear in fillers, 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; each speaks only one line.
They also used many accents, both Fry and Laurie are fluent in several languages and used that talent well.
Laurie is an accomplished musician, playing several instruments well, and this talent was often featured on the show in the form of plot points in a sketch and satirical songs. (Yes, he has carried that over to House…) Here is his Springsteen imitation with “Song to America”:
The Bishop and the Warlord were recurring characters:
This is without a doubt one of my absolute favourite sketches:
May you start it with a smile. ^_^
And just because…(thanks for this one, Marina)