Saturday, October 22, 2011


Did you know that Hugh Laurie, aka Bertie Wooster/Dr. House is a talented blues singer and musician?

PBS's Great Performances featured Laurie along with Irma Thomas, Tom Jones and Allen Toussaint in a pilgrimage to New Orleans and its music to coincide with the release of Laurie's album Let them Talk.

The episode may be seen here.

This is one of my favorites

Did I miss the Rapture? This date was known as The Great Disappointment by the Millerites in 1844. They too expected the rapture on 10/22.


Scott Alexander said...

I caught this on tv a couple weeks ago. Such captivating performances.

James said...

No I didn't! Toad this may be your greatest tip to date. Thank you, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable how talented this guy is. I remember watching him and Steven Frey as Geeves and Bertie...then he's playing we find he's an insanely talented musician. Wow, this man is gifted. Thansk for sharing.

helen tilston said...


Thank you for introducing me to Hugh Laurie. He is very talented and I love his singing voice too


Toad said...

Tom Jones from the same PBS special ain't too bad either

Barbara said...

I loved that Bertie Wooster series...saw every one of them. He played the piano in quite a few of them too. Talented man and I loved introducing my daughter to that old series. She only knew him via House.
I've read everything by PG Wodehouse!
Going to send this link to her.

Anonymous said...


I've tried to make the most Rapture today that I can muster, and now that the sun's going down I think maybe not a bad go of it overall. It's a calendar gift, right?


Anonymous said...

Bottom of the 7th, 14 to 6 and I just gotta go to sleep. Sir, keep watch over the home team. GoStL.


Toad said...

yikes, I forgot it was on

Sartre said...

I agree with previous posters, the man is a genius.

I understand he is also a depressive; shame about that, as he has the capacity to give so much joy.

Having had the chance to watch my son, who is in the theater, I have found that acting and musical talent go hand in hand. One reason is a purely practical one: The only theater opportunities available to most children before they get to the age of 15 or so are in musicals. I don't know if this is the case in Britain, but it certainly is here in the States. So if you can't sing, you get weeded out pretty quickly.