A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Season 1, Episode 1

Episode #1.1 (13 Jan. 1989)

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Off to an excellent start!
9 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Bit of Fry and Laurie" sets the gold standard for comedy sketch shows. Stephen and Hugh are best friends who have appeared together in many productions. They write and act all the sketches. In the first two seasons, they are occasionally aided by one or two other actors. Sometimes, one of them cross-dresses to create new characters. However, the vast majority of sketches consist simply of two Englishmen experimenting with different ideas. But Stephen & Hugh are so ingenious and work so well together that each sketch feels fresh and exciting.

Since the pilot episode was a one-time holiday special, this is the first episode of the first season proper. This episode introduces the popular "vox pop" segments between sketches. The full list of sketches is: Headmaster vs. Mr. Smear; Poetry Salesmen; Decent, Civilized Behavior; SAS; Patriotic Library; Psychic Spoonbender; Stephen & Hugh Address the Audience (Sir William (Now Lord) Rees-Mogg); and Hair Cutting, one of the series' most popular sketches, in which an extremely verbose barber wonders "which of Sir's manifold hairs" is destined "for an encutment."

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