, Hugh Laurie
and Stephen Fry
, who play the contestants from the fictional "Footlights College, Oxbridge", were all in Cambridge University's Footlights Club together. The fourth member of the team is played by Ben Elton
, who went to Manchester University instead. The characters are shown as upper class stereotypes who talk about walking straight into top jobs such as Director-General of the BBC or Chairman of British Rail, so here the name "Footlights" implies privilege. At the time, a lot of the biggest names in British comedy had been Footlights Club members. Fry, Laurie and Thompson soon went to become household names in Britain. See more
[in a Rolls-Royce
You know, it's a rotten shame. I went to see the careers officer in Big College yesterday and he said that all he'd got left was Chairman of British Rail. Well, I wanted to be Director-General of the BBC.
Yes, it's rotten. They gave it to Scapper just because he directed our world tour of Hamlet and wrote our hilarious revue "What Ho, Darkie". Honestly, chairman of a nationalised industry. I'd rather be a cabinet minister!
Well, I'm all right because my daddy's bought me the ...