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Watch This: Hugh Laurie Sings the Blues (and Plays Piano)

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.

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Quotables: Hugh Laurie Is Quitting Television

Photo: Hugh Laurie at Children in Need Rocks Manchester on November 17

“I think I have been rather spoiled here (in America),” he said. “I can’t imagine there will be another one quite like this. … And I think I am extremely lucky to have had the one shot that I have had at it, and I wouldn’t go looking for lightning to strike twice.”

Hugh Laurie isn’t too sure he wants to continue his television career once House ends. Which isn’t exactly news: Laurie expressed a similar reluctance way back in May, too.

But this isn’t it for Hugh! The actor goes on to say that he would still like to pursue writing or directing. “I find the whole field of it fascinating,” he says.

Who’s Excited for The New Season of House?

Yeah, not this girl.

I still haven’t watched any of the seventh season, which hurts my heart, it really does, but when House actually got with Cuddy, I immediately lost interest, and from everything I’ve heard and everything I’ve read, I saved myself from a major shit show. But alas, the magical allure of Hugh Laurie calls to me constantly, and it will only be a matter of time before I suck it up and make my way through the last season. Sadly, I don’t think it’ll happen in time to see House be awesome and make friends in jail.

I know I’ve asked before, but this just tears me up inside: can someone please give me a reason to watch the last season, or this upcoming season, or anything past that beautiful first episode of the sixth season? If you can’t, can we just look back fondly on the first few seasons and remember the glory of bygone times?

Happy Birthday, Hugh Laurie!

A photo of Hugh Laurie

In case you didn’t know, some seriously awesome people were born in the month of June.  I was born in June.  Sarah was born in June (her birthday’s on Monday, you guys, don’t forget). Jason Isaacs was born in June.  And if all of those awesome people who celebrate birthdays this month isn’t enough to convince you of June’s glory, let me just tell you that the divine Hugh Laurie was also born in this month – on this very day, in fact!

When we celebrate birthdays here, I usually like to include a photo gallery so we can all look back and smile.  I would do that with Hugh here, but I feel like he has a special brand of beautiful that doesn’t translate incredibly well though photographs.  And that’s why I’m going to show you some of my favorite clips so you can see his magic in action.  Enjoy!

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Get Ready to Say Goodbye to House

… Because it looks like the eighth season will be the last. For real this time. Here’s what the amazing Hugh Laurie had to say:

“The end of that season, right now looks like the end of the show. Well, that’s as far as they’ve got me for. I never thought this would last seven years, just two weeks I thought. I get tired of getting up at four in the morning. Some days are harder than others.”

What with Hugh’s waning interest and Robert Sean Leonard’s yearning for Broadway, it feels appropriate that this upcoming season is the end.  That way, Hugh can focus on making beautiful music, Olivia Wilde can focus on being hot, and the rest of the cast can follow their dreams.  It’s a win-win.

Also, I haven’t been able to watch anything past the first episode of this current season.  As much as it pains me to say, House just seems to have gone so far downhill since about midway through the sixth season or so.  Am I wrong, have magical things been happening that I’ve been missing? Because based on nothing but intuition and reviews, I feel like that little clip above has been the best moment of the season. Let me know what you guys think, ok?

Hugh Laurie Debuts His Music Career

photo of hugh laurie playing the piano in new orleans pictures

“I am a white, middle-class Englishman, openly trespassing on the music and myth of the American south.” – Hugh Laurie

So, for me, there’s just ANOTHER reason to be completely, sappily enamored with Hugh Laurie, who is House on namesake show, House: he just formally launched himself a music career in the best fucking city of all time, New Orleans. Hugh, who’s apparently been infected by a love of the Crescent City, much as I have (no, really – I’m working on buying a vacay home down there, like, as we speak), appeared exclusively at a nightclub last night to debut his vocal and music-playing skills. Here, here’s a sampler:

OK, not only is it some of the best newer music I’ve heard in a long (even though the lyrics are questionable at best), but it’s totally my style. I come from the school of loving musicians like Robert Johnson, Tom Waits, and Etta James, and I can totally appreciate Hugh’s new digs.

About New Orleans, Laurie says:

‘In my imagination New Orleans just straight hummed with music, romance, joy, despair. Its rhythms got into my gawky English frame and, at times, made me so happy and sad, I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I love this music as authentically as I know how.’

Hugh’s debut CD, ‘Let Them Talk,’ will be available for purchase on May 9th. You can bet your asses that I’ll more than likely be all over that.

Hugh Laurie Can Do Anything

Hugh Laurie, the best star of the best show on television, is clearly not just an actor.  He plays guitar and piano (sometimes with harmonica) all the time on House, and he’s also in Band From TV.  If you guys think Hugh Laurie is as dreamy as I do, then you just get excited right now.

Hugh got a record deal, and he’s going to record a blues album.  There’s no word on when the album will be released (I think it should be released about five years ago), but here’s what Hugh had to say about it:

“I am drunk with excitement at this opportunity.  I know the history of actors making music is a checkered one, but I promise no one will get hurt.”

Is anyone else as insanely excited about this as I am? Honestly, the wonders that this album will contain blow my mind already – when it’s actually released, I imagine the unicorns will come out of the depths of the forest and Lindsay Lohan will star in The Parent Trap 2.  And that’s the perfect world, you guys.