A Bit of Fry and Laurie – “Prize Poem”



English teacher Stephen is quite alarmed by the depressing poem Hugh wrote, a poem full of stark imagery that he doesn’t get. Hugh has to explain the metaphors and point out the references to songs by David Bowie. In the end Stephen writes his own poem, using far-fetched images.

Air Date: Friday February 3, 1989

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34 thoughts on “A Bit of Fry and Laurie – “Prize Poem”

  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    "You mean, did I want to fireball the dead cities of the mind and watch the skin peel and warp, then thankfully no, I did not…" 03:44

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    I can't pretend to be a judge of poetry, I am an English teacher, not a homosexual. – Hilarious!

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    "I am an English teacher, not a homosexual"
    Stephen Fry playing to the gay stereotype. Well played, very well played.

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    @Madelaine Hanson so 15 year olds should be pseudo intellectual cultural marxists? sounds even worse

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    I love Stephen's voice in this. He has this high voice and particularly affected accent. Fantastic.

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    "Inked ravens of despair claw holes in the arse of the world's mind" is the most ingenious line these guys have come up with, and that's saying something.

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    not enough fat guys whining about domestic life, is it? I.e. american sitcoms

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    "I can't pretend to be much of a judge of poetry…I'm an english teacher, not a homosexual"

    HA!

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    I had a teacher do this to me when I was 13, she found some of a poem that I had thrown away and missed the waste bin. She recognized my handwriting and pulled me out of my health class and asked if I needed to see the school counselor……… I FUCKING LOVE THIS SKETCH!!!!!!

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    Ah, high school poetry, where attempted seriousness of intent and fetid pus-oozing vulgarity conceive their sordid love child, and then ponder why their relationship doesn't work.

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    No, I'm American and I LOVE British humor, more so than American humor most of the time. Maybe you aren't clever enough.

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    I was waiting for Stephen to say, "The whole thing is complete BALLS form start to finish!!!!"

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    Not necessarily it is notoriously hit and miss, often consciously wordy and inaccessable – part of the charm is its uncompromising nature, but you shouldn't judge the whole of british humour on a sketch like this. If you you enjoy US comedy I'd be surprised if you don't like at least some british humour our comedy shows are one of our biggest exports. I suggest you type in 'Mitchel and Webb' see if you like their stuff

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  • December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    David Bowie and Fry/Laurie, my two favourite things in the world, combined. I will never get sick of this sketch!

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