Saturday, February 03, 2007

Shakespeare sketch

Shakespeare sketch with Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson. Part of my ongoing efforts to prove to my American friends that Mr. Laurie had a rather interesting comedic career before House.

8 comments:

Smo said...

Thanks for sharing the layers of humor. Oh, and many of us tasteful Americans are quite familiar with HL's pre-House repitoire. Keep up the crusade!

The Moon Topples said...

smo: Yeah, some of the "cultured" are aware, but I keep meeting folks who don't realize he's even English. This is to educate them and amuse the rest of us.

Minx said...

Did you also know that he's a musician, an author and dated Emma Thompson for a while at Cambridge University?
He has starred in upteen comedy shows and along with Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Rik Mayall and Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson et al, they made Blackadder (all four series) one of the most popular comedies of all time.

A favourite quote from Blackadder, talking about his sidekick, the turnip loving Baldrick...

"If you want something done properly, then make sure you kill Baldrick before you start".

The Moon Topples said...

Why yes, Minx. I did know all that.

While listing his bio, you've left out that his father was an Olympic rower who medaled in Berlin. Or that "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" was one of the funniest sketch shows ever to grace a television. Or that his second novel comes out in September.

My head is filled with trivia.

Minx said...

Dreadful sorry, Mr Moon, I bow to your greater Laurie-ate knowledge.
Very funny though - thanks for the reminder.

That's so pants said...

Oh Yes - A bit of Fry and Laurie was hilarious - my favourite is the sketch about privatising the police, which is turnnig out to be quite prophetic.

Liam said...

On the other hand if you do popularise his 'earlier funnier' stuff you run the risk of more people seeing 'Maybe Baby'.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0206926/usercomments

Ms Melancholy said...

Mr Moon, you impress me with your knowledge! Blackadder was compulsive viewing at the time (early 80s). Haven't watched it for years, but I may just buy it for my son and see if it has stood the test of time.