Before Hugh Laurie was the beloved Holmesian a-hole known as Dr. Gregory House and before Stephen Fry was, well, Stephen Fry, they were Fry and Laurie, one of Britain’s (and Anglophilic America’s) most beloved sketch comedy duos. The pair were both alumni of the Cambridge Footlights amateur theatre group and the often wacky, often satirical A Bit of Fry and Laurie was a staple throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Time to string up the bunting and break out the Pimm’s, Anglophiles. As announced at Cannes today, Fry and Laurie are reuniting for the first time in 13 years for The Canterville Ghost, a CGI adaptation of an Oscar Wilde short story, due out in theatres in the winter of 2014. Fry, who will be co-producing the project, plays the title role of a nobleman who has haunted Canterville Chase for ages, shaken when an American family moves into the stately home. Laurie plays his nemesis: Death, disguised as a gardener.
In honor of the reunion, it seemed fitting to salute the duo’s sketch comedy days with a few gems from A Bit of Fry and Laurie. Watch and enjoy, especially Laurie’s ode to America.