History Series / ABitOfFryAndLaurie

17th Jun '16 1:08:27 AM PaulA
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Currently, Fry and Laurie have started working together again on an adaptation of OscarWilde's ''The Canterville Ghost''. Both have also recently stated that they are definitely considering making a fifth series. But both are, however, also reluctant to commit to any specific promises.

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Currently, Fry and Laurie have started working together again on an adaptation of OscarWilde's ''The Canterville Ghost''.Creator/OscarWilde's ''Literature/TheCantervilleGhost''. Both have also recently stated that they are definitely considering making a fifth series. But both are, however, also reluctant to commit to any specific promises.
20th May '16 8:26:05 PM eowynjedi
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* DuelToTheDeath: Except that when their intermediary offers the choice of "sword or pistol", what he meant is that the second man will get the weapon not chosen--so Hugh has a pointy metal stick while Stephen gets a pistol. After trying to work out a way to make it fair, they settle on something they do have two of and are left to try and kill each other with the intermediary's two ''handkerchiefs'', until they realize he doesn't have anything left to signal with.

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* DuelToTheDeath: Except that when their intermediary offers the choice of "sword or pistol", what he meant is that the second man will get the weapon not chosen--so Hugh has a pointy metal stick while Stephen gets a pistol.firearm. After trying to work out a way to make it fair, they settle on something they do have two of and are left to try and kill each other with the intermediary's two ''handkerchiefs'', until they realize he doesn't have anything left to signal with.



** The "Bishop and the Warlord" trial is also a parody of American litigiousness, with a lawsuit brought by a LiteralMinded woman who obeyed song lyrics to 'set yourself on fire', fought by lawyers who are transparently in in for cash, and with the witness' oath including a disclosure agreement for adaptation into show, film, or stage musical.



* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Stuart (Laurie) in the "Gordon and Stuart" sketches, who talks as though he's an expert and puts down his dining partners for "ignorance" when they respond with bemusement--meanwhile, Gordon is demonstrating a mild-mannered but much firmer grasp of the topic, to Stuart's embarassment.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Played with in the Michael Jackson sketch. Although he is a skilled mimic, Stephen Fry decided to play "Michael Jackson" in his own accent...and indeed his own clothes with not a single attempt at impersonation...with hilarious results.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Played with in the Michael Jackson sketch. Although he is a skilled mimic, Stephen Fry decided to play "Michael Jackson" in his own accent...and indeed his own clothes with not a single attempt at impersonation... with hilarious results.



* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes - "Twenty of your Earth pounds", yes, Mr Dalliard's friend again.
* UniversalDriversLicense - spoofed with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klZ2suVUL7Q Flying a Light Aeroplane Without Having Had Any Formal Training]] sketch. A definite SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} too.

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* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes - TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: "Twenty of your Earth pounds", yes, Mr Dalliard's friend again.
* UniversalDriversLicense - UniversalDriversLicens: spoofed with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klZ2suVUL7Q Flying a Light Aeroplane Without Having Had Any Formal Training]] sketch. A definite SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} too.


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* YourCheatingHeart: In the Australian Soap, Stephen's character confesses, to Hugh, that he's been having an affair with Hugh for some time.
--> "You mean you've been sleeping with me ''behind my back!''"
15th May '16 8:47:17 PM eowynjedi
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* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: The politician and Tony from "Tony of Plymouth" are wearing modern clothing over Renaissance garb, as they reveal when they confront each other on stage.

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* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: The politician and Tony from "Tony of Plymouth" are wearing modern clothing suit jackets over Renaissance garb, as they reveal when they confront each other on stage.


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* CampGay: Simbold Cleobury of the "My Dear Boy" sketch, who opens the door with that enthusiastic greeting--he's theoretically a painter who wears a dressing-gown, dyes his hair lavender, fills his house with louche art and tigerskin rugs, and boasts that his "Moroccan Sunrise" cocktail has caused ''many'' a son of Morocco to rise. And also places adverts for (nude male) models in an magazine about (plastic aeroplane) models.


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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: In "My Dear Boy," Nigel the geeky aeroplane enthusiast answers "Simbold Cleobury's" advert for 'models' (which had indeed been placed in an airfix enthusiast magazine). Simbold grows more excited and lascivious over Nigel's description of owning a "camel" and starting on modeling at age four and getting covered in glue, and then asks for a photo of his "jumbo" only to be handed a picture of a jet. [[SubvertedTrope And Nigel realizes his mistake and takes out another photo]], after which he cheerfully agrees to be painted nude.
13th May '16 8:23:51 PM eowynjedi
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* BigBallOfViolence: As close as can be achieved when doing so with live actors in the Strom Translation sketch. Most of it happens behind a convenient table when the translator attacks the Englishman, but the random and unlikely leaping and appearance of various limbs only needs the cartoon dust cloud to complete it.



* DuelToTheDeath: Except that when their intermediary offers the choice of "sword or pistol", what he meant is that the second man will get the weapon not chosen--so Hugh has a pointy metal stick while Stephen gets a pistol. After trying to work out a way to make it fair, they settle on something they do have two of and are left to try and kill each other with the intermediary's two ''handkerchiefs'', until they realize he doesn't have anything left to signal with.



* FunWithSubtitles: Subtitles pop up in the Strom Translation sketch when all the characters storm off after the misunderstandings. The subtitler suggests watching things on the other BBC channels, pans from side to side to demonstrate how small the set is, ruminates on the nature of rooms, and then zooms in on a random audience member to zoom up his nostrils. The commentary continues even when the sketch resumes and devolves into a brawl.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The premise of a GameShow called "Don't Be Dirty!", the show that shows that you don't ''have'' to be dirty. Basically, it involves contestants trying to talk about potentially risque subjects (or if not risque, involving the possibility of {{double entendre}}s, such as "Preservation of [[BiggerIsBetterInBed Hardwoods]]") without "being dirty".

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The premise of a GameShow called "Don't Be Dirty!", the show that shows that you don't ''have'' to be dirty. Basically, it involves contestants trying to talk about potentially risque subjects (or if not risque, involving the possibility of {{double entendre}}s, such as "Preservation of [[BiggerIsBetterInBed Hardwoods]]") without "being dirty".


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* GoodOldWays: A duke and duchess wax poetic about how many responsibilities they have for the village, like "the Taking" ceremony at the village festival where the duke selects a pretty young girl to honor... and then takes her to the garden shed to [[BlackComedyRape violate her]].
12th May '16 2:14:45 PM eowynjedi
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* CompensatingForSomething - one character whose genitals have been removed is offered a doberman, a combat jacket, and a rusty white van, for the dual purpose of restoring his manhood and...
-->'''Doctor(Laurie):''' Oh don't worry, that's the beauty of the system. When people see you wearing a combat jacket and driving round in a white van with Killer,[[{{Pun}} the piss will be taken out of you constantly.]]

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* CompensatingForSomething - one CompensatingForSomething: One character whose genitals have been removed is offered a doberman, a combat jacket, and a rusty white van, for the dual purpose of restoring his manhood and...
-->'''Doctor(Laurie):''' -->'''Doctor (Laurie):''' Oh don't worry, that's the beauty of the system. When people see you wearing a combat jacket and driving round in a white van with Killer,[[{{Pun}} the piss will be taken out of you constantly.]]



* CrosscastRole

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* CrosscastRoleCrosscastRole: Both Fry and Laurie frequently wear drag to act out a part.



* FlairBartending: See notes under GargleBlaster.

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* FlairBartending: See notes under GargleBlaster.In the ending cocktail of series 3 and 4 (see GargleBlaster below), Stephen dances, gyrates, and twirls arhythmically as he prepares whatever drink (or not-drink) he or the guests have chosen. His performances get more and more absurd, occasionally resulting in a spill, stuffing the shaker down his trousers and hopping around, or on one occasion ''swinging it like a yo-yo.''


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* KillItWithFire: A pair of monks soundly denounce and prepare to immolate an object they say to be an instrument of Satan, with all the gravity and drama you'd expect from medieval clerics, and solemnly prepare the "chasting dish" for the offensive item--a plastic creamer cup whose cap tore and spilled on the bishop's vestments.
3rd May '16 7:50:21 PM eowynjedi
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* StronglyWordedLetter:
** Hugh plays a man angrily demanding treatment for his "madness", but the psychiatrist views his problem as rather minor... until Hugh complains that he's going to write a letter to the Daily Mail. Stephen immediately verifies that several of Hugh's letters have actually been ''published'' and proceeds to order a straitjacket.
** The conservative woman (Hugh) refers to this in two Vox Pops. In one she says that she's been Sectioned by default for having two letters read out on a radio programme. In another she interrupts as the crew attempts to interview another woman (Stephen) to rant about the waste of her license fees and how she's going to write a very stiff letter... [[LiteralMetaphor on cardboard]].



* TableSpace: "Pass The Marmalade!" ("Arse the Parlor Maid?") sketch

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* TableSpace: "Pass The Marmalade!" ("Arse the Parlor Maid?") sketchsketch. The table extends from one room to the other; the wife has to ''walk through a door'' to get the marmalade herself.



* TakeThat: Take that, MargaretThatcher, John Major, Rupert Murdoch, MoralGuardians, estate agents, {{Eagleland}}, yuppie culture, critics, psychics, TopGear, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Noel Edmonds]]!

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* TakeThat: Take that, MargaretThatcher, John Major, Rupert Murdoch, MoralGuardians, estate agents, {{Eagleland}}, yuppie culture, critics, psychics, TopGear, Series/TopGear, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Noel Edmonds]]!
10th Apr '16 7:30:18 PM jormis29
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* BrickJoke: [[YesMinister Paul Eddington]] makes a cameo and is asked how he would rate his own comic timing. He pauses, frowns, responds "Good question, I'll have to think about that," and leaves. [[spoiler:Several sketches later, he interrupts the very last line of the show to respond: "Immaculate, I'd say." Roll credits.]]

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* BrickJoke: [[YesMinister [[Series/YesMinister Paul Eddington]] makes a cameo and is asked how he would rate his own comic timing. He pauses, frowns, responds "Good question, I'll have to think about that," and leaves. [[spoiler:Several sketches later, he interrupts the very last line of the show to respond: "Immaculate, I'd say." Roll credits.]]
6th Apr '16 11:06:52 AM eowynjedi
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* TalkativeLoon - The shop assistant in the Mr Dalliard sketches (the same one who prefers the word 'Brothels')

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* TalkativeLoon - TalkativeLoon: The shop assistant in the Mr Dalliard sketches (the same one who prefers the word 'Brothels')


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* ToiletHumor: As if the sight of Stephen Fry hooked up to a never-leave-the-couch device called "Comfi-Pee" wasn't bad enough, the commercial immediately goes on to herald the new Comfi-''Poo''. Two tanks of sewage bubbling away in the living room.
30th Mar '16 8:45:28 PM eowynjedi
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* ButtMonkey: Hugh gets punched, hit with a cricket bat, or otherwise beaten up with shocking regularity.
** It's even worse, as Hugh explained in a later interview that Creator/StephenFry had never been very good at "acting" hitting people, and so when the script called for him to hit Hugh, he would... well... actually hit him.

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* ButtMonkey: ButtMonkey:
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Hugh gets punched, hit with a cricket bat, or otherwise beaten up with shocking regularity.
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regularity. It's even worse, as Hugh explained in a later interview that Creator/StephenFry had never been very good at "acting" hitting people, and so when the script called for him to hit Hugh, he would... well... actually hit him.him.
** His "out of character" persona is also routinely insulted and silenced by Stephen, particularly in the third and fourth series. He usually responds by just pulling an embarrassed face.



* {{Eagleland}}: The "Kickin' Ass" song, and American army general; "Get your ass in here!"

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* {{Eagleland}}: {{Eagleland}}:
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The "Kickin' Ass" song, and American army general; "Get your ass in here!"



* HurricaneOfPuns

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* HurricaneOfPunsHurricaneOfPuns: There is some truly groanworthy wordplay ("The boy lives with his mother because I emptied a bowl of trifle over her; she got custardy") if you'll pardon the pun... what pun? Wasn't there one? Sorry.
* HypocriticalHumor: In the third and fourth series, Hugh tries to add his words to Stephen's send-off only to be insulted into silence. On the one occasion ''Hugh'' tries to tell Stephen to just shut up already, he receives a rather menacing DeathGlare in reply.



* PatrioticFervor: Frequently mocked. There are the cricket commentators who have a positive Englandgasm over the thought of Garboldisham and strawberries with cream, librarians who cut out ''entire books'' until it's left with a bare sentence about how England is great, deriding people for acting un-English... it culminates in the final episode's cocktail, "A Modern Britain", where Stephen adds low-calorie sweetener and "diluted good values" to Jersey cream, Islay malt whiskey etc and then sobbing "IT'S RUINED! BRITAIN IS RUINED!" as he mixes.



* SpySpeak: Thoroughly averted in the "Tony and CONTROL" sketches, discussing matters of international espionage as if explaining them to a 3-year-old.

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* SpySpeak: SpySpeak:
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Thoroughly averted in the "Tony and CONTROL" sketches, discussing matters of international espionage as if explaining them to a 3-year-old.



* SucksAtDancing: Stephen's attempts to move to a rhythm are truly painful to behold. Just look at the "dancersise" sketch.



* UnusualEuphemism: "Ram it up your pimhole, you fusking clothprunker"

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* UnusualEuphemism: "Ram it up your pimhole, you fusking clothprunker"clothprunker!"
* UnwittingPawn: Neddy/Teddy in the "Jack and Neddy" sketches. Poor chap is too earnest and good-natured to realize that his friend with the eyepatch is a dangerous revolutionary and possibly a Nazi. Jack manages to pressure him into bombing a restaurant and later installs him as a puppet Prime Minister. Then stabs him with the Stanley knife that Neddy had so obligingly lent him.
3rd Jan '16 4:46:19 PM PBMaxwell
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It was a progressive show, playing with the audience's expectations. For example, it frequently broke the fourth wall; characters would revert into their real-life actors mid-sketch, or the camera would often pan off set into the studio. In addition, the show was punctuated with non-sequitur vox-pops in a similar style to those of Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, often making irrelevant statements, heavily based on wordplay. Laurie was also seen playing piano and a wide variety of other instruments, and singing comical numbers.

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It was a progressive show, playing with the audience's expectations. For example, it frequently broke the fourth wall; characters would revert into their real-life actors mid-sketch, or the camera would often pan off set into the studio. In addition, the show was punctuated with non-sequitur vox-pops in a similar style to those of Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', often making irrelevant statements, heavily based on wordplay. Laurie was also seen playing piano and a wide variety of other instruments, and singing comical numbers.



'''Lawyer:''' Oh it's correct, is it? I see. I wonder, Miss Talliot, whether you were aware that the American novelist Gertrude Stein was a self-confessed Lesbian?

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'''Lawyer:''' Oh it's correct, is it? I see. I wonder, Miss Talliot, whether you were aware that the American novelist Gertrude Stein was a self-confessed Lesbian?lesbian?



* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Parodied in the sketch featuring "Mister (drops an object onto a tabletop). It's as it sounds." (Turns out, it's spelled [[spoiler:NIPPL-hyphen-E, but he's very offended when referred to as "Mr. Nipple."]])

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* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Parodied in the sketch featuring "Mister (drops an object onto a tabletop). It's as it sounds." (Turns out, it's spelled [[spoiler:NIPPL-hyphen-E, [[spoiler:N-I-P-P-L-hyphen-E, but he's very offended when referred to as "Mr. Nipple."]])
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