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  • Mar 21, 2009
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Hugh Laurie is a Comedian, Actor, Writer, Musician, Producer and Director. Basically, in his 30+ year career in the media he's done pretty much everything you can do, but I will mostly love him for his performance as House and his comedy acting in programmes such as A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder. His precise comic wit, timing and intelligence have made his comedy characters the most memorable in British comedy and most recently he brought that comic wit and intelligence to the role of Dr. Gregory House.

Quite surprisingly Hugh wasn't as well known for his comedy roles as he is for his award winning role as House. His partnership with fellow comedy actor, writer and all of the above, Stephen Fry is something that has lasted those 30 years on our screens and even today they can be seen on rare occasions on TV together. In my recent memory it was Hugh's appearance on the BBC's comedy panel show QI in which he returned to his classic upper class British accent which was all the more delightful.

I'm not very familiar with his musical ability, but he hasn't been shy about displaying it in his many shows. He ended a few episodes of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" with a playing of the piano and a bit of a song and has also written a few songs to be played during the end sequences of certain episodes of "House." Same goes for his writing and directing, but I will sincerely pick up his novel "The Gun Seller" and do a review of that in due time.

Without a doubt, Hugh Laurie is one of our greatest exports, but it really shocks me when people say things such as "I didn't know he was British" or "I didn't know he was a comedian" as they are some of his best attributes. I have no doubt that if Hugh didn't go to Cambridge University, join "Footlights" and team up with Stephen Fry, the world would be a very different place absent of much of the laughter we have been treated with over the years thanks to his genius mind.

Would "House" be as successful without Hugh Laurie? I highly doubt it.
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March 26, 2009
Because people are stupid and would rather watch a sitcom in which a man falls over or pulls funny faces, than a comedy that contains witty comedy through the use of clever dialogue.
August 28, 2009
... And falling over while making funny faces. There was quite a bit of that too, though it was the brilliant satirical dialogue that made the show.
March 26, 2009
You know, it surprises me how few people are familiar with "Black Adder". It's certainly one of the finest comedy television series to come out of the U.K. since "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and yet most people only know about Rowan Atkinson from "Mr. Bean". Why do you think that is?
March 21, 2009
I agree with 100%. I've been a fan of Hugh Laurie ever since I first saw him on Blackadder on PBS. Great review.
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Quick Tip by . January 11, 2011
I've only seen Laurie in a few episodes of "House," but I absolutely loved him in "Black Adder."
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