Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Bit of Genius

Surfing through some videos on Youtube a few days back, I came across a video from an old series called A Bit of Fry and Laurie. I did know that Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are famous artistes, but I had not seen any of their work (other than few minutes of House here and there) before. A few videos later, and I was completely hooked into the brilliance of the two actors and the British humour. I am not sure how many of you have seen it, or in fact are big fans of this show, so am just putting it out there in case you haven't seen them.
Here are a few samples to see if it might interest you:
Sample 1:



Sample 2:



Sample 3:



Sample 4:



Here is the entire script for the Sample 4 Sketch
The last 40 odd seconds is simply hilarious: 
Stephen Er, of course it is, of course it is, of course it is. Language is a whore, a mistress, a wife, a pen- friend, a check-out girl, a complimentary moist lemon-scented cleansing square or handy freshen- up wipette. Language is the breath of God, the dew on a fresh apple, it's the soft rain of dust that falls into a shaft of morning sun when you pull from an old bookshelf a forgotten volume of erotic diaries; language is the faint scent of urine on a pair of boxer shorts, it's a half-remembered childhood birthday party, a creak on the stair, a spluttering match held to a frosted pane, the warm wet, trusting touch of a leaking nappy, the hulk of a charred Panzer, the underside of a granite boulder, the first downy growth on the upper lip of a Mediterranean girl, cobwebs long since overrun by an old Wellington boot.
Hugh Ner-night.
 Luckily there is a site http://abitoffryandlaurie.co.uk/, where you can get most of the scripts and the sketches of the 4 seasons of this season. I am absolutely captivated by this discovery of mine - even if it is 20 years late. Perhaps one or two of you might enjoy it as well.

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