Very funny BBC comedy sketch television show done by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. It started out as a one-off half-hour show in 1987, but did well enough that the pair did four series/seasons in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1995. A highlights tape is available on home video in the U.S.; XWiz tells me that Season 1 is available on DVD in the U.K. and Season 2 will be shortly (as of April 2006).

Four books were published, one containing each season's scripts: A Bit of Fry & Laurie, A Bit More of Fry & Laurie, 3 Bits of Fry & Laurie, and Fry & Laurie - Bit No. 4. All seem to be out of print now.

Sample premises for Fry & Laurie sketches, which cannot possibly convey how incredibly funny they are:

  • A man reporting a robbery to the police gives his surname as the sound of a piece of wood hitting the counter
  • The father of a schoolboy is aghast that his son has been taught that "sexual intercourse can often bring about pregnancy in the adult female" -- because the father thinks this is a complete lie.
  • A customer at a hardware store has a list of increasingly rude-sounding items to buy.

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