Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie met while they were undergraduates at Cambridge University and members of Footlights. They were introduced to each other by fellow student Emma Thompson. Their shared sense of humor immediately clicked, forging a comic partnership that became one of the strongest and most enduring in Britain across the 80s and 90s.
In 1987 they landed their own BBC series. This outlet for their burgeoning writing and performing talents enabled them to explore their particular brand of humour. The mix of sketches had a healthy hit-rate and unpredictability, alternating between items recorded in front of the audience and items shot on location. And as in all great double acts, both performers had something individual to offer, be it Fry's love of language and delight in innuendo or Laurie's ability to parody musical genres at the piano (a range of talents not dissimilar to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore).