Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities

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HUGH LAURIE

Hugh Laurie, the writing and acting partner of Stephen Fry, is the heterosexual member of this gay and straight team. He is lean and lanky with what in Britain would be described as "gormless" features, those that lack intelligence. With his upper-class accent, Laurie is perfectly cast as a blundering representative of the aristocracy, such as Bertie Wooster in the novels and stories of P. G. Wodehouse.

Born on June 11, 1959, Laurie teamed up with Stephen Fry at Cambridge University, where both were members of the Footlights theatrical troupe. Fry and Laurie appeared on Granada comedy program, Alfresco, in 1985, and a year earlier, they were brilliant as Lord Snot and Lord Monty, respectively, representing Footlights College on a parody of University Challenge, part of the "Bambi" episode of The Young Ones ( BBC, May 8, 1984). Fry appeared on Rowan Atkinson Blackadder II ( BBC, 1986) in two roles, Simon Partridge and Prince Ludwig. He was seen in every episode of the final series, Blackadder Goes Forth ( BBC, 1989), playing Atkinson's colleague, Lt. George Colhurst St. Barleigh. Without Fry, Hugh Laurie cowrote and acted in the 1987 BBC radio series, The Party Party, a comedic look at party politics of the future, set in 1992.

From 1989 to 1991 and again in 1995, Laurie and Fry wrote and starred in the BBC's A Bit of Fry and Laurie, a series of comedic sketches with an emphasis on intellect rather than slapstick. The series has been seen in the United States both on Bravo and public television. The two men have had their greatest television success to date on Jeeves and Wooster, a Picture Partnership Prods., Ltd., production for Granada Television. The series is unusual for Laurie and Fry in that they were not involved in its writing, which was the responsibility of Clive Exton. In the first episode, seen by British viewers on April 22, 1990, Jeeves ( Fry) has to extricate Bertie Wooster

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • A 1
  • B 13
  • C 39
  • D 55
  • E 59
  • F 67
  • G 75
  • H 85
  • Bibliography 117
  • I 121
  • J 123
  • K 141
  • L 147
  • M 161
  • Bibliography 181
  • O 191
  • P 193
  • R 203
  • Bibliography 232
  • T 235
  • W 243
  • General Bibliography 257
  • Index 259
  • About the Author 273
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