Stephen Fry is well known as a comedian, actor, writer, wit and raconteur. A brilliant academic, he was educated at Cambridge University where he performed with the famous footlights (81/82) and subsequently met Hugh Laurie. The two of them struck up a prolific writing partnership producing ‘Footlights’ revues for numerous events including The Mayweek Festival, The Edinburgh Festival (wining the converted Perrier Award) and for a three month tour of Australia. It was his double act with Hugh Laurie that got him known to the general public. They performed together in a series of short sharp sketches as guests on various TV shows before they were given their own BBC TV series ‘Fry & Laurie’ in the eighties. The partnership developed further with acting roles in the ITV series ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ & Blackadder II (BBC)
In 1984 Stephen was engaged to rewrite the Noel Gay musical “Me and My Girl”, which earned him a nomination for a Tony Award in 1987.Throughout the 1980’s Stephen did a huge amount of television and radio work, as well as writing for newspapers and magazines including a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and articles for Arena.
He distinguished himself on many chat shows and took acting roles in films ‘Peters Friends’ and ‘Wilde’ (1997) where he received a Golden Globe nomination. Other TV and Film appearances include: MirrorMask (2005), Tom Brown’s Schooldays (2005), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), Absolute Power (2003) Fortysomething (2003), Bright Young Things (2003), Thunderpants (2002), Gosford Park (2001), A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Stephen made his feature directorial debut with Bright Young Things, a screenplay he adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies. He also wrote Gossip and Original Screenplay for Paramount Pictures.
Stephen’s theatre career included successful runs in Alan Bennett’s “Forty Years On”, Michael Frayn’s “Look Look” and “The Common Pursuit”. As an author Stephen has written: The Liar, Paperweight, Hippopotamus, Making History, The Stars’ Tennis Balls and ‘Moab is My Washpot’.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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