I love Hugh Laurie. There, I said it. Why, when I was a kid I used to stay home “sick” from church so I could watch Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry on Jeeves and Wooster. (It aired on PBS; I was actually nursing a tiny, terrible crush on Stephen Fry.)
You probably already know that, besides being English, Hugh Laurie is also a talented musician. I have long been convinced, in fact, that Laurie’s adeptness at the “American” accent is a consequence of having a musical ear. Laurie is a singer, too, and I think the Dr. House “voice”—which is nothing like Laurie’s own speaking voice—is probably a little bit like singing at a lower register, to the tune of whatever cadence and melody “spoken American” has. So I think it might be less “doing an accent” and more “singing.” The effect is convincing.
Where was I? Oh, yeah.
How many times has Hugh Laurie visited Craig Ferguson at The Late Late Show? Four? Six? I feel like he’s a frequent guest.
Still, it’s a rare pleasure to see him perform the blues “live”; here’s a video from last night’s show.