Don't really like Hugh Laurie but love House!

When I first began watching "House" a few year ago, I thought to myself "Who is this actor? He's brilliant!" So I rummaged around the internet and found some of his work. At first I was totally shocked to discover he was British. Then I watched a bunch of his shows, and skits he did in Britain. I was horrified. He was a joke. I couldn't believe it. He was a mix between the guys from "Jackass" and one of those stereotypical English comedians with dry wit. After a few hours I had to quit viewing it for fear I would lose all respect for him and grow to dislike the show. But now looking back wondering. Could anyone else be House? Was all his previous work just a failed attempt and he needed something like the House role to prove his skills. What makes a cheesy British actor become one of the most loved characters on T.V.? So now I have a new found respect for Hugh Laurie, not just a love of his character. What do you guys think? Could anyone else be House? or was this Hugh Laurie's destined role?

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Sep 18, 2008 3:42PM EDT

Hugh Laurie's a funny guy, and influences a lot of the jokes in House.
That stuff he used to was probably funny at the time - in england, like 20 years ago. Comedy changes with time and culture.

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Sep 18, 2008 5:28PM EDT

i agree with hypersam.
Hugh Laurie has always been funny. Back when he worked with Stephen Fry on a bit of laurie and fry they were brilliant together. But i guess Americans don't really know who Stephen Fry is.
Comedy does change with time, plus its very British humor. I would say House's character shows more British traits than American.

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Sep 18, 2008 11:06PM EDT

ac905 -
Which characteristics of his would you consider to be "british"?I might just not notice any difference because i only know "american." I'm interested to hear what you think.

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Sep 19, 2008 12:00PM EDT

How about Simon Cowell?

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Sep 19, 2008 3:13PM EDT

DO NOT compare House to Simon Cowell. Dear god, House is awesome, Simon Cowell is fake and pathetic.

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Sep 19, 2008 6:05PM EDT

I think the Fry and Laurie humour must be a British thing, because i was so shocked when I saw this thread! Hugh Laurie (along with Stephen Fry) is an extremely clever and witty comedian and I'm proud that our little country has produced such talent. I'm just sorry it clearly doesnt export well.
Enjoy the new series of House everyone - that's something we can all appreciate, hurrah :)

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Sep 21, 2008 5:55PM EDT

No one mentions Blackadder? Funny 20 years ago? If you don't find Blackadder funny now than something is seriously missing in your "What's funny" definition.
And... failed attempt? Again.. the last episode of Blackadder Goes Forth was voted 9th in the greatest most memorable television moments of all time!
What this actually smells of is that, when Hugh is not being an american, americans don't like him. I'm still shaking my head in incandescent rage at "failed attempt", somuch so that i cannot bring myself to write any more!

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Sep 21, 2008 6:59PM EDT

When I say failed attempt, I'm talking about fame and stardom. Which is what actors become actors for. And even though British people love his stuff doesn't mean he's was a star. Even on "Inside the Actor's Studio" Hugh admitted thst he never expected that he would be this famous. Which means he himself didn't see his past work as something that would make him world renowned like "House" did. House is his only work that is translated into hundreds of different languages and broadcast throughout the world. Yes, Blackadder may be a great show in Britain, and may be in some British list for top movies. But that doesn't make him an International star. You can tell yourself what you wish but before "House" most of the world had no idea who Hugh Laurie was. So if you look at the statement "failed attempt" from the view of an actor, and Hugh's own words. Then a few plucky comedies that were never exported out of the country, and have been around for many many years without being noticed by the majority of the world then yes they were "failed attempts." It has nothing to do with British or American for me it's more that I think what he was doing before was no where near as good as what he is doing now. And if you want proof of that, just look at the numbers. as house would say.

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Sep 21, 2008 9:11PM EDT

In all fairness I wouldn't call Hugh Laurie's early work a failed attempt at all, he was a very successful British Comedian, it is just that British comedy being what it is, does not translate well internationally. I don't know what most people consider stereotypical american humour, but British humour is basically the personality of 'House'. A sarcastic git that very few people understand or like and who has a highly inflated opinion of himself.
But everything else aside I think that we can all agree that House M.D. has by far been Laurie's most successful work - to date, and even if he does go on to do another successful drama, it will always be compared to House (quality wise) and not to his earlier work.

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Sep 22, 2008 2:09PM EDT

So if a comedy actor doesn't become famous outside their country, they are failures? I don't think so. That's a completely pathetic way to look at it. If they were making high quality comedy, for the time, and were extremely popular in their country, then that is a success.
Also, popularity doesn't mean high quality. In fact, it's often the total opposite.

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Sep 22, 2008 8:08PM EDT

I was agreeing with you. I was just saying that Hugh Laurie was famous for his British Comedy and just because he wasn't world famous for it doesnt mean that it was a failure.
I was just pointing out that because of House M.D's world success this is what Laurie is going to be known for in the forseable future and therefore what most of his future work is going to be compared to.

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Sep 23, 2008 6:18AM EDT

My comment was aimed at c_whitman

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Sep 23, 2008 8:31AM EDT

@c-whitman:
EXCUSE ME, don´t mean to be rude, but what an arrogant way to look at this amazing actor.
I am from Germany, also called TV wasteland and I am thrilled with any good tv series from wherever around the globe, don´t care if its Flight of the Conchords from New Zealand, The IT crowd, Black Books, Extras, The Fixer, Afterlife, Diary of a callgirl from the UK, Yo soy Betty la fea (Ugly Betty) which was originally from Brazil, or original shows like Weeds, Dexter, Mad Men, Firefly, Breaking Bad from the US as long as they are good.
And Hugh Laurie in House is not only good he is brillant !
Hugh Laurie is delivering one of the most exciting examples to date of what makes a great actor every single week, how can you call him a joke?
British humour has influenced US comedy for years now, ever heard of a little show called THE OFFICE which is one of the most successfull shows around the world, guess what the original came from the UK.
LIFE ON MARS a hugely anticipated UK show has just been taken over for the US.
Diary of a callgirl, just been taken over by Showtime.
Maybe you should get your info straight before saying something like this.
Yes, his early works might not be so interesting, but what he did later on was witty, entertaining and always intelligent.
To be english and to manage to speak in such a perfect american accent for years now, speaks for itself.
Ever heard of LIFE OF BRIAN, changed the world of comedy forever.
So again, get your information in order before making such disrespectful comments and just enjoy that we have the priviledge of one of the best tv shows to date.

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Sep 23, 2008 2:51PM EDT

He's a good ass-motherliker!

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Sep 23, 2008 4:04PM EDT

Im sorry to say butHugh Laurie is a comic Genious,and its obviously something you americans can't Pick out for toffie.I mean If it wasn't for Black adder and 'Fry and Laurie' There would be no house fullstop.And If im Honist With you he would Be so Much Better if he Was his British self In House.I mean For Fucks Sake does The Usa Even have Any Descent Comedians Has It Fuck, i mean What Good Comedy's Does america have that hasnt originated from Britain... Fuck All so think about what your saying, and try watching somthing good and british Expand your Mind Watch Good British TV, Like Monty Python, Black adder, the office, Green wing.They are all genious unlike American Shit!
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Sep 24, 2008 2:23AM EDT

Wow. I can't let the thread end like that. I'm not American, but I hardly think that America can be stereotyped in much the same way that some people are stereotyping Laurie. It's a big place, and there's plenty of room for horrible comedy and comedians, as well as brilliant ones. Saying that "my country's X is better then your country's X" does nothing for anyone. Can't we all just agree that good comedy is good comedy, and good medical drama is good medical drama? I don't think that's too much to ask.
Is it?

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Sep 24, 2008 3:10AM EDT

the title music for house md is by a british group...go GB! lol, were taking over your entertainment industry day by day!

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Sep 24, 2008 4:10AM EDT

Hugh Laurie is GOOD..period
Jim Carrey wz 2 an idiot...so is everyone...no one is a born superstar..dey become one

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Sep 24, 2008 6:19PM EDT

Think the words house would use "c_whitman bit of a prick" enough said.

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Sep 24, 2008 9:06PM EDT

"When I say failed attempt, I'm talking about fame and stardom. Which is what actors become actors for. "
I'm really sorry, but I beg to differ on that - as we all know Hugh Laurie leads a very private and quiet life - we rarely see him out with his kids or wife or doing crazy stuff. He was a stage actor long before - and it's amazing, but true! Some actors become actors BECAUSE THEY LOVE ACTING!!!
And also - you may have found his Fry and Laurie etc poor - but you yanks put out a lot of hoakie stuff as well with actors that are still acting today!. Laugh In and Saturday Night Live back in the day was a totally different type of humor that we loved!!!

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Sep 24, 2008 10:07PM EDT

Great thread. I have wondered how an actor as good as HL could have gone unnoticed for all these years (for the world, Brits, for the world - no "failure" involved). I agree with most: Hugh Laurie is fantastic as House but not so much as in all other characters he's played in the past. And I have searched and searched around for his past work! It is much more fun to watch his interviews and acceptance speeches - where he is sweet, smart, funny and charming - than any ep from Fry&Laurie. I can only hope that the fun was lost in translation - I can hardly grin to that stuff. I am NOT American (or Brit, obviously) and am not stereotyping, I swear. In short: good thing that HL found a place for his wit in House and we could find the talent in him.
Emmapeel: Ugly Betty is originally from Colombia, not Brazil.

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Sep 26, 2008 5:19AM EDT

Saint's preserve me I'm having a SOMEBODY IS WRONG... ON THE INTERNET moment.
House is not Hugh Laurie's best work. It's merely excellent.
With Stephen Fry he made "Jeeves and Wooster", the perfect filming of P.G.Wodehouse. Everything else he has done since is the lap of honor of a man who has nothing to prove.

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Sep 26, 2008 8:38AM EDT

these are all good points made by everybody, hugh was in the past as he is now.... great but diffrent from most if not all american comedians or actors! the beauty of it is, he is a british comedian ..... so he makes british comedy, wich not all people get!! sorry to say but to get british comedy u have to have a great sence of humor or atleast get the british way.... for example: british are dry, witty, and have smart comebacks on any subject in comedy, u could put 2 good british comedians together and the can improvise a good show because thats how they are and how british comedy is ..... as for amrican comedy: from the early stages of its development (stan and laurel) its more of a slapstick comedy ..... thats the humor the americans get .... for them to improvise something concists of making fun of something or somebody usually stereotypes of people (blue collar of rednecks, black somedy of black stereotypes and interracial stereotypes) ..... so most americans don't get classic british humor ( wich is being changed aswell by the american humor aswell)ME - being from another country, wich i'm ok to disclose is romania .... some of us ( not all because a person is smart, and a population...., well thats a whole other problem) we get both of them, not all of them - because both types have their shadow side, but most.... and truly it's in the eye of the beholder of what comedy represents ..... but i guess for all hugh laurie fans it's undenyable that he is and for those who get the british humor was a great comedian, actor, performer and so he will be in the future, and he will be compared to the role in house for quite some time because it is if not his greatest work but shorely his most populer yet .... and it's inavoidable for any actor to be compared to one of your greatest work
in conclusion: for those who get him... they can't say that his past work was a failed attempt at stardome because he, himself said that he doesn't trust succes for what it is, and for those who just met him through house can't manifest conclusions of a so called fail of succes in the past because they don't know all his worksoooo.... as alexia1986 said: " Hugh Laurie is GOOD..period" and even brilliant as housebye

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Sep 26, 2008 5:38PM EDT

Hugh's huge, I guess. I read Hugh Grant was to audition for the role. Thank God that never happened. Grant's great, but Laurie has this tall figure and dwarfs everyone especially Cuddy, which I think is the reason this role was destined for him. Grant trying to manipulate Cuddy would come across as being too clumsy, although he's brilliant in the roles that fit him. "House is House" means also that the show owes its success to Laurie. It however stars brilliant actors, though: Leonard, Lisa, Omar, etc. Those guys just have the chemistry.

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Sep 28, 2008 3:02AM EDT

Alright, BlooAdder, that was a douche thing to say, I'm not originally American, and I'll Agree, they could use some work. But they are in no way bottom of the ladder. They have some of the best shows I've seen in a while and I've seen a lot. Still, guess what, the world is huge and there are a lot of places that come up with a lot of stuff, with that much TV floating around you can't expect it all to be good. Also, America has not taken everything from Britain, I believe they have just as much that they've made themselves as they have taken from Britain, and they've taken just as much from Japan as they've taken from Britain. The world shares ideas, and you can try to argue that but it won't work. When it comes to entertainment, the world shares ideas. Now they main part of my comment, I can't stand medical shows, and yet House is AWSOME.

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Sep 28, 2008 9:13AM EDT

I can see why Americans have a trouble with this to be honest.
Comedy is different in England. Our comedians are rounded people (I'm thinking Alan Davis, Bill Bailey, Rik Mayall... wait - not a good example) and they're not just thrown into the stereotypes of COMEDIAN and ACTOR.
Hugh Laurie is very, very good at acting like a standard British toff (the man went to Cambridge after all), so you can't have a go at him for acting that way. Anyway, Blackadder four is, in my opinion, the best work of comedic excellence ever, and just because you think your view of 'HOUSE' is distorted by the fact that he was something even greater before hand doesn't mean you have the right to call him 'cheesy'.
Comedians are people too. And great actors. Otherwise, how can Hugh make us cry when he overdoses, and cry with laughter when he sings 'Hey Jude' in a Chipmunk voice?

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Sep 28, 2008 12:28PM EDT

Hugh Laurie's finest achievement is without doubt Blackadder Goes Fourth! If you can watch that series without rolling about laughing you must have a heart of stone and no funny bone! The whole gambit is there and you will have tears rolling down your cheeks as the boys go over the top.
Laurie brings this delicate feeling of balancing on a line between pleasure and pain to House. This same feeling that was in Blackadder. His dark comedy is first rate. But to say that his previous work were failed attempts at acting is unbelievable. He Is a great actor who subtly weaves a very real human thread through what would otherwise be a very bog standard show. We all agree House withou Laurie would be awful. Give the man credit for what he has done. As others have said before me things evolve over time perhaps in ten or twenty years time House will be no more remarkable than an episode of Casualty (General Hospital in the states).

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