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Speaking of Hugh Laurie...

I keep being highly amused by comments I see here, there, and everywhere about "Can you believe HOUSE is singing?" or "Wow, the guy who plays HOUSE was once in a TV show with Stephen Fry!" etc. -- I mean, my interests are wide and varied, but "way ahead of the curve" they generally are not.

See, when I see "House, M.D.", all I can think is "Hey, what's the deal with Bertie Wooster/Prince George/Stephen's Comedy Partner playing this cranky old doctor?" It's not even like I can say I knew about him before he was famous -- 'cause he's been famous in the U.K. for decades. I only first became aware of him in the early '90s when the local PBS station had a (very short) run of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" because it was "sorta like a more contemporary 'Monty Python'" (not really, but in the world of TV marketing, that's how they looked at it), followed up by watching "Jeeves and Wooster" for years.

Ah well, people are strange. :)

Anyway, dedicated to nicodemusrat, who commented that Hugh can actually sing when he wants to, let's have...

Mystery ... or a more recent performance...

Too Long Johnny...

All We Gotta Do...

...and my personal favorite, The Sophisticated Song.

Then let's watch him get the stuffing knocked out of him. Just because!

House? Feh. Hughey-come-lately, says I!

-The Gneech

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huskyteer
May. 30th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, he can, can he? :D

I watched an episode of Kingdom at the weekend and reflected that Hugh is probably earning four times as much per episode for House...
the_gneech
May. 30th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, what's a little helium between friends? ;)

-TG
huskyteer
May. 30th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
I was still at school when I saw that on TV. I very nearly wet myself.
jedi_iwakura
May. 30th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU. I am memory-ing this post to share with my aunts, who refuse to think Laurie is anyone but Greg House and can't do anything but gimp around and be an ass.
the_gneech
May. 30th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Take your aunties a copy of Vol. I of Jeeves and Wooster and they'll have a whole new view of him!

-The Gneech
jedi_iwakura
May. 30th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
X3

Wooster is love.
nekura_ca
May. 30th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
I KNEW IT! I knew I recognized House from somewhere before, and it kept bugging me every time I watched. I remember him from Blackadder, originally, and now I can see the similarities. I still have to find the Jeeves and Wooster boxset.
the_gneech
May. 30th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Netflix is your friend! :)

-TG
mg4h
May. 30th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
*mental note - don't start a conversation at work with someone as I'm trying to write a comment in lj*

Several months ago, the scene at my parent's house:
gootmu: I'm going downstairs to watch "House" because I heard *mumble*Mom talks over him*mumble* who we know is on it.
Me: Err, okay, I'll be down in a bit. (Mentally I figure I'll ask him when I get down there who it was he said was on it.)

20 minutes later I'm downstairs watching "House" with him. I see several actors go on and offscreen. None of them look that familiar.

Me: Who am I supposed to be looking for again?
G: Hugh Laurie.
Me: Wait, what? From Jeeves and Wooster, Hugh Laurie? Blackadder Hugh Laurie?
G: (Looks at me like I've grown three heads at this point.) Yes, that Hugh Laurie. Look, there he is on screen now.
Me: (Sees House walk past, grumpy, scruffy, and with an American accent.) *boggle* What?!

Eventually I saw it but... Geez, talk about being a good actor. I really didn't catch it at all.
the_gneech
May. 30th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
First time I saw him try his hand at a "serious" role was Sense and Sensibility, in which he was quite good for such a small part. Thing is, comedy is actually a lot harder to do. If somebody's a good comic actor, then generally they're a great "serious" actor -- but I always hate to seem them stoop to it.

-The Gneech
jedi_iwakura
May. 30th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
"I wish this rain would stop!"

"I wish you would stop."
camstone
May. 30th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
I have a present for you from a fellow lion I saw at RCFM!
*fox waves shoebox sized container*
laurie_robey
May. 30th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
*Buddha peers at the box*
the_gneech
May. 30th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oooooooooh! =)

-TG
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the_gneech
May. 30th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
How do you mean? Most of those links I posted were...

-TG
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the_gneech
May. 31st, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Ah. :) Well we've got the first two seasons, and will have the second two sometime in the not-too-distant future. Thanks, tho! :)

-TG
robin_andersen
May. 30th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hugh Laurie
I always had the hardest time remembering that, well, Hugh Laurie is Hugh Laurie and not Stephen Fry. I know it sounds stupid, but that's the way the addled brain works....
My older sister seen a "Jeeves and Wooster" episode after watching "House" all the time and couldn't believe it was the same actor....
kinkyturtle
May. 31st, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
Laurie Anderson?
Whoa... I saw your subject line and username together and got confused for a moment.
the_gneech
May. 31st, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Re: Laurie Anderson?
She's somebody else who I used to listen to quite a lot. I wonder whatever became of her...?

-TG
kinkyturtle
May. 31st, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
Re: Laurie Anderson?
She's still doing music and performance art. Oh yeah, and she's married to LOU REED.
robin_andersen
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Re: Laurie Anderson?
the gneech knows me and he has been _very_ fortunate not to hear me sing...really, I sing in the key of "L" - well it sounds like "L" to anyone who hears it;)
(except Kimba, but he's goofy anyway)
robin_andersen
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: Laurie Anderson?
no, not me...not a problem, yo could have called me Sharon;)
dewhitton
May. 31st, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
My first thought was "Hugh Laurie is playing a yank doctor!"
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