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A world of words

If you enjoy language, deep thinking about humanity, or any kind of provocative thought, I encourage you to watch a new five-part series on BBC 2, Stephen Fry’s Planet Word.

In the BBC’s impenetrable wisdom, it has chosen not to show the series on BBC America yet, nor in the near future. There is, after all, only so much time left after one has scheduled the required doses of Gordon Ramsey’s various series and long-ago episodes of Star Trek: Next Generation.

Fortunately, we Americans can currently find the episodes posted online…. Continue reading A world of words

The barman sketch


I’ve been a longtime fan of Hugh Laurie. He’s such a wonderfully charming fool in Jeeves and Wooster, and he’s brilliantly nasty in House.

This weekend I’ve been watching episodes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, a sketch comedy show he and Stephen Fry did on the BBC in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It follows a bit in the footsteps of Monty Python but adds several twists, including musical numbers (mostly by Laurie).

The clip above highlights Fry and Laurie’s impeccable timing.