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Sunday 23 November 2014

Laurie and Fry talk about reunion

Hugh Laurie made four series of A Bit of Fry And Laurie with his comedy partner Stephen Fry
Hugh Laurie made four series of A Bit of Fry And Laurie with his comedy partner Stephen Fry

Comedian and actor Hugh Laurie has discussed plans for a reunion with Stephen Fry, but says the pair are too old to go back to the sketch shows where they made their names.

The star, who made four series of A Bit of Fry And Laurie with his comedy partner, said the pair struck up a "pretty instantaneous" friendship when they met at university.

Appearing on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, he told Kirsty Young they talk often about getting back together.

He said: "I think probably sketching is a young man's game because, by and large, it's about mocking people much older than you. We are not only the age of cabinet ministers, we are probably older than half the cabinet."

Laurie, who also appeared with Fry in Blackadder and Jeeves And Wooster, said they would probably put on a review show similar to the performances by popular 1950s and 1960s double-act Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

He said: "My colleague will recount amusing stories and I will sit at the piano and play ditties".

Laurie, who became a huge international star with his performance in the title role of US medical drama House, said the level of fame he experienced had changed the way he lived while in Los Angeles and there were "things I don't do and places I can't go to".

He said he had never learned to surf during his years in California because "you're not allowed that sort of tentative first experience of anything without having your picture taken".

He added: "So you can't do it unless you surf in the dark which I believe is not to be recommended".

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