History Series / ABitOfFryAndLaurie

18th Dec '16 2:39:44 PM Xtifr
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'''''A Bit of Fry and Laurie''''', commonly known as ABOFAL or "Boffle", is a British television series starring former Cambridge Footlights members Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie, broadcast on both Creator/{{BBC}}2 and also [=BBC1=] between 1989 and 1995. It ran for four series, and totalled 26 episodes, including a 35 minute pilot episode in 1987. Both Fry and Laurie have expressed interest in working together again, but this has not yet taken place, due to both men's busy schedules (the former with various projects, the latter with ''Series/{{House}}'').

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'''''A ''A Bit of Fry and Laurie''''', Laurie'', commonly known as ABOFAL or "Boffle", is a British television series starring former Cambridge Footlights members Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie, broadcast on both Creator/{{BBC}}2 and also [=BBC1=] between 1989 and 1995. It ran for four series, and totalled 26 episodes, including a 35 minute pilot episode in 1987. Both Fry and Laurie have expressed interest in working together again, but this has not yet taken place, due to both men's busy schedules (the former with various projects, the latter with ''Series/{{House}}'').
21st Nov '16 9:52:43 PM Ebrbfureh
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* 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.

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* 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.embarrassment.
12th Sep '16 9:30:21 AM 06tele
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* GargleBlaster: In seasons 3 and 4, the show would end with a cocktail being picked and chosen. These started at the season with the relatively reasonable, such as the Whiskey Thunder, involving whiskey, angostura bitters, lemon juice, a pint of oh-so-fresh dairy cream, two olives, and a peanut. They would then range up to the increasingly absurd, such as the mug of Horlicks (Think broadly similar to hot chocolate, and notably nonalcoholic) all the way up the the finale, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F_gYLLK-Yo which cannot be described in fewer than two paragraphs]].

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* GargleBlaster: In seasons 3 and 4, the show would end with a cocktail being picked and chosen. These started at the season with the relatively reasonable, such as the Whiskey Thunder, involving whiskey, angostura bitters, lemon juice, a pint of oh-so-fresh dairy cream, two olives, and a peanut. [[note]]This would in fact be pretty disgusting: the whisky would be heavily diluted by all that cream, which in turn would be curdled by the lemon juice, so you'd end up with salty, bitter, mildly alcoholic sour cream.[[/note]] They would then range up to the increasingly absurd, such as the mug of Horlicks (Think broadly similar to (a hot chocolate, and malted milk drink, notably nonalcoholic) all the way up the the finale, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F_gYLLK-Yo which cannot be described in fewer than two paragraphs]].
12th Sep '16 9:14:46 AM 06tele
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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...

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* CompensatingForSomething: One character whose genitals have been removed is offered a doberman, a combat jacket, a subscription to ''Guns and Ammo'' and a rusty white van, for the dual purpose of restoring his manhood and...
4th Sep '16 1:39:30 PM DaibhidC
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** John and Peter, who discuss the fortunes of a small health club corporation as if the fate of the free world depends on it. A parody of UK business soaps of the period like ''Series/HowardsWay''.

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** John and Peter, who discuss the fortunes of a small health club corporation as if the fate of the free world depends on it. A parody of UK business soaps of the period like ''Series/HowardsWay''.''Series/HowardsWay'', which really wanted to be ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' but just didn't have the scale for it.
4th Sep '16 1:39:04 PM DaibhidC
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpzbcuvJOW8 "Berwhale the Avenger"]], which appears to be a small Leatherman knife.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: MundaneMadeAwesome:
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpzbcuvJOW8 "Berwhale the Avenger"]], which appears to be a small Leatherman knife.knife.
** John and Peter, who discuss the fortunes of a small health club corporation as if the fate of the free world depends on it. A parody of UK business soaps of the period like ''Series/HowardsWay''.
9th Aug '16 5:40:10 PM ThornBrain
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* 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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* UniversalDriversLicens: spoofed 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.
4th Aug '16 11:25:02 AM Aquila89
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* HaveAGayOldTime: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtaPaQwSQPA Parodied.]]

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* HaveAGayOldTime: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtaPaQwSQPA Parodied.]]Parodied]] in a sketch where Stephen and Hugh complain that "gay" used to be such a lovely word, but it's now ruined... then say the same about other words like "poofy", "arse bandit" and even "homosexual".
-->'''Hugh:''' But now, of course...\\
'''Stephen:''' Nowadays...\\
'''Hugh:''' People think you mean homosexual.\\
'''Stephen:''' Right! And there's another one.\\
'''Hugh:''' Yeah.\\
'''Stephen:''' When was the last time you could use the word homosexual in its proper context?\\
'''Hugh:''' Right, and it's such a lovely word.\\
'''Stephen:''' Oh, it's one of the great words.\\
'''Hugh:''' "My word, Jane," I used to say to my wife, "the garden's looking very homosexual this morning."
2nd Aug '16 12:34:54 AM Fireblood
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* LawEnforcementInc: They had a sketch about this in their very first episode: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLfghLQE3F4 Welcome to the Private Police Force]]. It was a humorous take on privatizations then recently conducted by the Thatcher government, as the episode states not only the police but the UK high roads and ''even the royal family'' have been privatized. ''And'' it implies the police force is now owned by Americans.
2nd Aug '16 12:32:43 AM Fireblood
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-->'''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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-->'''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}} Killer, [[{{Pun}} the piss will be taken out of you constantly.]]



* DropTheCow: a method used a few times was for the characters to segue into WhoWritesThisCrap, for example accusing each other of having no idea how to properly end the sketch.
* 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 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.

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* DropTheCow: a A method used a few times was for the characters to segue into WhoWritesThisCrap, for example accusing each other of having no idea how to properly end the sketch.
* 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 chosen-so Hugh has a pointy metal stick while Stephen gets a 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.



* ExcuseQuestion: Parodied.

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* ExcuseQuestion: Parodied.{{Parodied}}.



-->'''Stephen''': I think we'd better have a word with this son of yours, Mrs Popey, if it's all the same to you.\\

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-->'''Stephen''': I think we'd better have a word with this son of yours, Mrs Mrs. Popey, if it's all the same to you.\\



'''Stephen''': Of course Mrs Popey. We'll leave [[ShapedLikeItself just as soon as we've finished being here.]]

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'''Stephen''': Of course Mrs Mrs. Popey. We'll leave [[ShapedLikeItself just as soon as we've finished being here.]]



* HurricaneOfPuns: 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.

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* HurricaneOfPuns: There is some truly groanworthy groan-worthy 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.



* ImAHumanitarian: The "Tahitian" cooking show, where Fry's Julia Child {{Expy}} advises the best way to prepare ears, fingers, Welsh toes, and footballers' testicles.

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* ImAHumanitarian: The "Tahitian" cooking show, where Fry's Julia Child {{Expy}} {{expy}} advises the best way to prepare ears, fingers, Welsh toes, and footballers' testicles.



* JustLikeRobinHood: Tony of Plymouth, who heckles politicians for bleeding the poor people of England while disguised under a lightweight traveling hat. Of course, he freely admits that you could just ''write'' your [=MP=].

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* JustLikeRobinHood: Tony of Plymouth, who heckles politicians for bleeding the poor people of England while disguised under a lightweight traveling hat. Of course, he freely admits that you could just ''write'' ''write your [=MP=].[=MP=]''.



* 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 {{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.



* PhonyPsychic: One sketch features a man who claims to bend spoons using the amazing power of...his hands. He is quite offended when called on this.



** In a tribute to Hugh (whom he has just {{Mercy Kill}}ed), Stephen says that Hugh Laurie's real name was Hugh Laurie, though he was more commonly known by his stage name, Hugh Laurie.

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** In a tribute to Hugh (whom he has just {{Mercy Kill}}ed), {{mercy kill}}ed), Stephen says that Hugh Laurie's real name was Hugh Laurie, though he was more commonly known by his stage name, Hugh Laurie.



** Also {{parodied}} in one of the "Mr. Dalliard" sketches where the secret code phrase is "Good morning." This ends in embarrassment.

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** Also {{parodied}} parodied in one of the "Mr. Dalliard" sketches where the secret code phrase is "Good morning." This ends in embarrassment.



** 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.

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** 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'' ''published'', and proceeds to order a straitjacket.



* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: "Twenty of your Earth pounds", yes, Mr Dalliard's friend again.

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* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: "Twenty of your Earth pounds", yes, Mr pounds". Yes, Mr. Dalliard's friend again.
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