Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fry and Laurie

Fry and Laurie... Each of these names is synonymous with talents in writing, acting and above all triggering hearty laughs. They are now famous for their individual artistic achievements, but it is together that they first managed to reach celebrity and become a reference in British humour.
Stephen Fry was born on the 24th of August 1957. Two years later, on the 11th of June, the one who he would later affectionately call “M’colleague”, namely Hugh Laurie, came to the world. They didn’t know it yet, but these two men were going to become one of Britain’s best-known and loved comedy double acts.
They actually met at Cambridge University in 1980 where they joined the Footlights (an amateur theatrical club in Cambridge in which many British comedians started their career). They were introduced to one another by Emma Thompson and immediately got on well thanks to their shared sense of humour. They soon began writing together for Footlights revue. The outcome of their work, “The cellar tapes”, won the first Perrier Award in 1981. This marks the starting point of a successful series of collaborations, mainly in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Their talent was soon revealed to the whole country thanks to their TV shows. The most famous being the “Blackadder” series, “A bit of Fry and Laurie” and “Jeeves and Wooster”. In these projects, and in others as well, Fry and Laurie have had some recurrent collaborators such as Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton, Robbie Coltrane, Tony Slattery and Emma Thompson.
More than professional contacts, Fry and Laurie have developed a true and long-lasting friendship which is obvious on screen. They bring their personal touch to their sketches and end up with a unique mix of all kinds of subtle wordplays and insinuations, political comments, funny musical interludes and comedic talent.
Their respective schedules being very busy, a new collaboration presently seems unlikely. But the two “colleagues” keep in touch and we hope to see them together again very soon!

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