Hugh Laurie sings live in concert

Hugh Laurie, star of the FOX show House M.D. gave a surprise performance on August 9th at a Netflix Live event in Los Gatos, California with the Band from TV. According to the press release, the band is comprised of a bunch of actors who also play music on the side, including, “guitarist James Denton (“Desperate Housewives”), drummer Greg Grunberg (“Heroes”), rock violinist Jesse Spencer (“House M.D.”) and vocalist Bob Guiney (“The Bachelor” and TLC’s “Date My House”).” Teri Hatcher also sings with the band on occasion. Sounded like a pretty cool gig until that part.

Hugh Laurie’s been into music for a long time, a fan site includes an interview excerpt in which he called himself a “frustrated musician”

Hugh describes himself as a “frustrated musician,” and told an interviewer that it’s the one place where he can really lose himself: “I can sit at my piano for what seems like five minutes, but when I look at the clock it’s three in the morning.” (Daily Mail, Dec. 7, 1996) He told Sue Lawley on Desert Island Discs (May 1996) that he “trifle(s) with piano, guitar, and a few other things;” he has also composed and recorded numerous original songs. These talents are on display in Jeeves and Wooster and A Bit of Fry & Laurie.

Hugh also played keyboards in a soul/R&B band with Lenny Henry and Ben Elton’s wife Sophie. (Adrian Edmonson of Young Ones fame was an original member.) Adrian Sington in March 1996 Tatler described the band thus: “So imagine my astonishment when I saw him recently at the Limelight, looking much like Jesus and playing an electronic keyboard, Tim Rice style. Laurie was with Lenny Henry’s funky band at the brilliant thrash given by Peter Bennet-Jones….With his aptly-named band Poor White Trash, Lenny had the whole place bouncing…”

[From Hugh Laurie FAQ]

He’s obviously pretty darn good, considering his performance. A lot of people are skeptical when they hear about an actor who’s into music, though the reverse isn’t quite so true. But there are plenty of performers that are surprisingly talented at both, and Hugh Laurie seems to be one of those very lucky guys.

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  1. czarina says:

    A lot of classicly trained actors go through theater and are both singers and dancers as well as actors.
    I still love that music video that had Christopher Walken dancing in it!!

  2. Amy says:

    I’ve seen Hugh play piano and sing in movies and on TV. I thought it was so bizarre when House started, as I thought of him as this musical comedian. Funny how most people in the states only know him as House, though!

  3. Victoria says:

    Well, I would have never guessed !!!! I’m surprised. How pleasant…

  4. vdantev says:

    He’ll always be the fop idiot Regent of England in Blackadder the Third to me.

  5. geekazoid says:


  6. Phoebe says:

    Oh god i love Hugh! When House first came out I just loved this new sharp “american” actor… and then i watched my old episodes of Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder… and just about peed myself. He’s so talented – if only i was 30 years older and he was single. love ya hugh!

  7. Kris says:

    Hugh is okay. Not my favorite but he seems like an all right guy.

  8. fab says:

    I <3 Hugh.
    Talented and sexy!

  9. geronimo says:

    Me too, dante, that or Bertie Wooster. Never quite managed to get into House, always subconsciously waiting for either Blackadder or Jeeves to appear. Either way, very talented man.

  10. Megan says:

    He’s not from House he’s from Blackadder!

  11. Aspen says:

    You know, it took me a long time to see Hugh Laurie as anything but a nonsensical fop of a king from Blackadder. God, that man was funny in that show.

    But…I am in LOVE with Gregory House. He is old enough to be my dad…or at least my uncle. I don’t care, though, that man is sexy.

  12. Kate says:

    I absolutely adored him as Bertie Wooster, and was surprised at how well he plays Gregory House, and I am waiting for the day that Stephen Fry shows up as a patient on ‘House’!!

  13. daisy424 says:

    He is funny and cute.
    Don’t know him from his other roles, only from ‘House’. His dry wit and facial expressions keep me tuning in 🙂

  14. javagirl1 says:

    goddamn he’s fine

  15. Jinxy says:

    He seems very normal, and they appear to be having a great time as a pick up band, giving them something sane to do in between shooting their shows. Good on them.

  16. actingrc says:

    he’salways been the one playing whenever House plays a guitar or the piano. he also performed a really funny original song on inside the actor’s studio. also, he’s written a novel, the gunseller, which is a really really funny crime thiller type of deal

  17. Keith R says:

    Remember too, Blackadder was several series under the same name- The best Blackadders were the ones set in WWI in the trenches. He and Mr. Bean were hysterical. “Hello Darling” Classic!

  18. James says:

    Love this guy.

    He is a very fine actor in England. He had his own TV show together with the Oscar-Wilde-looking Fry, “Laurie and Fry” which was hilarious like hell. In that program, he sang with piano all the times.

    Fry, him, and Emma Thompson were good friends since Cambridge days.

    A little reference for American audience.

  19. violins says:

    Its really a great surprise to all. actors performance is awesome experience.