Rosi and I wanted to do some different kinds of posts on this blog, so we’ll occasionally write about a famous British friendship, or BROTP! This inaugural post will be on Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
Fry and Laurie both attended Cambridge, where they were introduced to each other in 1980 by mutual friend Emma Thompson. Over 30 years later, they are still very close friends. According to Fry, their nickname for each other was “M’Coll”, an abbreviation of “my colleague”, a trend from the 80s. Fry was Laurie’s best man, and is the godfather to Laurie’s 3 children.
Both men are phenomenally accomplished. Laurie is a gifted piano player, was an oarsman in college, and is a Cambridge scholar. Fry has been called many things: a walking encyclopedia, Google, and (my personal favorite) a national fucking treasure. (Add to this list a dazzling resume on IMDB for bothmen.)
Their chemistry first became apparent when they starred together in several episodes of “Blackadder”. Shortly thereafter, they were cast together in ”A Bit of Fry and Laurie” (1989-1995) and “Jeeves and Wooster” (1990-1993). These shows demonstrated how dazzlingly clever these two men were, especially when they played off of each other. In “Jeeves and Wooster” (a show both Rosi and I grew up on), Fry plays Jeeves, who is Bertie Wooster’s (Laurie’s) valet-cum-chauffeur-cum-man who fixes all of Bertie’s problems.
Interestingly, the novelist P.G. Wodehouse, who wrote the Jeeves and Wooster stories, plays a special role in the lives of these men, especially Laurie. Not only did they star in the TV adaption of Wodehouse’s short stories and novels, but Laurie has testified in this article that Wodehouse’s writing helped him through his lifelong depression.
Laurie recently finished the wildly popular show “House” and continues to write novels. Fry does, well, everything. His recent accomplishments include (but are not limited to) appearing in the upcoming production of “The Hobbit”, writing a massively successful column in The Guardian, and hosting the panel show “QI”.
Both men, as evidenced by their work together, interviews, and writings, are extremely intelligent and gifted men who seem to bring out the best in each other. They always speak very highly of each other, still maintaining a close friendship. And, they soon will be working on their first project together in 13 years: an animated version of “The Canterville Ghost”. Hurray!
“I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls.”—J. K. Rowling (via quotesfromthequill)
do you ever want to slap yourself in the face because you know you should be doing something productive but instead you choose to sit in front of a laptop for hours on end doing shit that has no beneficial impact on your life and this just happens day after day after day and still you refuse to accept the fact that you have a problem
“When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?”—Sandi Toksvig (via amenaza, learninglog) (via pmzzo) (via wabbitwanderer95) (via a-wild-panda-appeared-and)
like you’re curious about something so you go read the whole wikipedia article on it and then read all the stuff the wikipedia article references and go to the library and read some books on it until you have all this new knowledge about a subject that actually has no real bearing on your life you were just kind of interested in something