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The Secret of Stephen Fry’s Wit? Imagination...

20th September 2010

Stephen Fry is very excited to be speaking on stage tonight at the Royal Albert Hall for his sold-out debut.  He is looking forward to discussing “travel, art, TV, [and] madness with a tactful avoidance of cricket” for a much-anticipated evening of delights.  Earlier this month he spoke at the Royal Festival Hall in London – a show which was broadcast live to over 60 cinemas in the UK via satellite – followed by nights at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge and the New Theatre in Oxford. 

During the show tonight Stephen will share the work and life adventures from the second volume of his autobiography ‘The Fry Chronicles’ – a book that has been described as “excruciatingly honest”.  A review in The Observer commented that What Fry does, essentially, is tell us who he really is”.  Stephen is above all, a complex multi-talented individual whose faultless panache and honesty create admiration, respect, debate, and controversy in equal measure.  He is criticised by the Daily Mail and yet also lauded by the The Telegraph as well as the Observer.  He is an intellectual, writer, comedian, presenter, raconteur, a favourite on both TV and radio alike, whose interests range from football to Oscar Wilde to leaving out commas – forgive me Stephen.  Memorable performances in Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and the critically acclaimed film ‘Wilde’ feature alongside his narrative audio talents for Harry Potter and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

 Stephen has been an incredibly popular host of the BBC show QI (Quite Interesting) where his wit and incredible knowledge really come to the fore.  In opposition to popular opinion he believes the secret to wit is not grounded in intellect.  As he said about Oscar Wilde, “His wit was always the triumph of imagination.”  Stephen’s earlier novels including ‘The Liar’ and ‘Moab is my Washpot’ were founded on a combination of this principle and of autobiographical honesty - his greatest influences have included Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton, Charles Dickens, C. S. Lewis, Alistair Sim, and PG Wodehouse. 

Stephen will be as busy as ever over the next few months having recently taken over the role of Chairman at the Criterion Theatre Trust from Lord Attenborough, and he has also just joined the board at Norwich City football club.  Delia Smith who is majority shareholder at the club commented that, “Having one of the club's most passionate supporters who just happens to also be one of the country's best-loved performers join us to act as an ambassador for the football club will be just fantastic."






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