Watch A Bit of Fry and Laurie

This British comedy sketch show is well known and remembered for the elaborate wordplay and innuendo ridden sketches it featured throughout each 30 minute episode. The show launched the careers of respected British comedy duo, actors and writers Stephen Fry and House star Hugh Laurie. The comedy series takes on a wide variety of styles and sketch types, with short video monologues, songs and traditional sketches. Across the many seasons of the show a series of catchphrases were also created that remain popular with the comedians and the general public who are fans of the show.

BBC America
4 Seasons, 27 Episodes
January 13, 1989
Comedy
8.4/10
Cast: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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A Bit of Fry and Laurie Full Episode Guide

  • Hugh sings a song about sophistication and Stephen delivers a monologue at extremely high speed. A school truant reveals he hasn't been to school in four years because he's been playing a computer game, he's on level nine though.

  • In a parody of the Oprah Winfrey show a woman confesses her problems with low self-esteem and receives a pointless round of applause. Guests Stephen Moore and Phyllida Law join in some of the sketches including a dilemma with a wasps nest.

  • Hugh performs a rap song about being nice to an old lady on the bus and Stephen puts forward his idea for growing a small but attractive town in garden in his freshly washed hair. The show closes with Hugh playing the piano as Stephen mixes his latest cocktail creation 'A Quick One for you Stephen'.

  • Stephen and Hugh are joined by special guests Clive Mantle and Imelda Staunton to discuss everything from getting drunk to opening supermarkets. Stephen tosses a salad as he expresses his anger about a Shakespeare play he watched at the Royal National Theatre.

  • The quiz show Going for Gold is spoofed in a new version titled 'English People Appear to be the Most Ignorant in Europe'. Hugh performs a special song dedicated to the tennis player Steffi Graf.

  • Stephen and Hugh present their Comedy Charter, to ensure that all jokes arrive on time and are of sufficient quality. 'It's a Wonderful Life' is retold with the story of a powerful media mogul named Rupert.

  • The owner of a magic shop demonstrates some of his wares by cutting off his customer's finger in a trick guillotine, but he still manages to sell him some very realistic dog poo. Elizabeth Martin is cooking a selection of human ears, testicles and sweetbreads on her show 'Tahitian Kitchen'.

  • Jacobsen is called in to see his commanding officer in the US Army who is furious and tells him he is going to 'boil his ass in a bag, and have his ass for breakfast'. At an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting a new member stands up to confess his problem is that 'the starter motor seems to get stuck, especially in cold weather'.

  • A pair of country boys perform their song 'There Ain't But One Way' which advocates 'kickin' ass' in order to solve most of the world's problems. Hugh reminisces about the variety of jobs he's had since moving to London including working as a freelance nudist and a couple of months in the white slave trade.

  • When Timothy is called into his father's study for a word, it is revealed to him that he is the chosen one and he must set out to kill Pewnack the Destroyer, the Dark One, the Beast - who lives in Saffron Walden. The show closes with Hugh providing accompaniment on the piano as Stephen mixes up a 'Whisky Thunder'.

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