Stephen Fry

There are two types of people in the world, those who appreciate the work of Mr Stephen Fry, and idiots. He currently holds the title of Most Delightful Human Being on Planet Earth.&&(navigator.userAge

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Just The Facts

  1. Is regarded as the godfather of Twitter, and largely attributed with bringing about its popularity.
  2. Was voted the last ever Pipe Smoker of the Year by the British Pipesmokers' Council.
  3. Claims the UK record for saying "fuck" on television the most times in one live broadcast.
  4. Purchased the third ever Mac in the UK, after Douglas Adams bought the first two.

A Bit of Fry

Stephen has been a part of some of the greatest comedy offerings to ever come out of the UK, including Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, and Absolute Power. He has won over audiences worldwide for two reasons, the fiercely intelligent sharpness of his wit, and the wryness of his smile. This is no mean feat considering many of the roles he has played in such comedies have been of complete and utter bastards.

Baaahstard.

Stephen is known for much more than just comedy however. He has a broad range of serious roles under his belt, is a distinguished screenwriter, public speaker, poet, fundraiser, playrwright and director, and even finds time to lurk on Usenet.

Stephen is also an accomplished documentarian, having tracked endangered species in Last Chance To See, investigated mental health in The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive, and toured America in his black cab in the appropriately titled Stephen Fry in America; whereupon he discovered he could hypnotise a lobster, became embroiled in his own 'Spy Game' in Las Vegas, and oversaw a photo shoot of half-nude Mormons.

What, you mean you haven't?

Stephen is possibly best known for being the presenter of the comedy panel show QI, wherupon comedians and other persons of interest try to answer questions about the world and only get points for being Quite Interesting. Since QI deserves a topics page all of it's own, we won't go into too much detail here, but suffice it to say, if you have never heard of QI, you must crawl out from under your rock and Google that shit. Hurry, it's on its eighth series (concerning things beginning with the letter H), so you only have at least 18 years to catch it until it is gone forever.

Fry On the Wall

Let's face it, there is a lot of terrible shit occuring on our little blue planet, but Stephen Fry is one of those people who make you happy in the knowledge that you at least share it with him. However, since he is "90% gay and 10% other" it is highly unlikely that he will carry on his seed for the betterment of the human race, even when serenaded.

Selfish gorgeous bastard.

There is something about the man that attracts many people to him, but Science has so far not yet determined whether it is his wit, intellligence, huggability, or a combination of the three. Even just saying his name will peak peoples' interest. Try it yourself when next speaking to someone; begin a sentance with the words "Stephen Fry..." and then note their reaction as their ears prick up and they look expectantly at you. Of course, unless you follow this up with some interesting tidbit of knowledge, they will look at you as the maniac you are for just randomly saying "Stephen Fry". But it cannot be denied that Stephen is a fiercely interesting person, indeed, his face alone is distinctly more interesting than any jumped-up attention-grabbing farcical bollocks that, for example, Lady Gaga could come up with.

Boring. --------------------------------------------------------------Now that's more like it.

The Human Fry

Stephen is no stranger to controversy however, he is human after all. While one might not go so far as labelling him a bad ass, he has had his brush with the law, spending three months in jail near Bristol for thieving a credit card, and dabbling with a 15 year coke habit. The latter somehow makes perfect sense when you realise that the coke heightened his enjoyment of very difficult crosswords.

"Hmm, 13 Across has me stumped. Oh fuck it, where's the charlie?"

So if this is the first time you are hearing about Stephen Fry then take comfort from the fact that ignorance can be forgiven, but only the first time. Let us help you get started on your Frydyssey.