For quite a long time, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie were an important double act in British comedy. They first worked together in the Cambridge Footlights club, which numbers many luminaries amongst its members. Check out the Wikipedia link if you don’t believe me.
Together Fry and Laurie appeared in several series of the TV comedy A Bit of Fry and Laurie and also worked together to bring Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster to the small screen. They appeared separately in many episodes of the Blackadder series, and between them have also appeared in a number of movies. Both are published authors.
Laurie’s greatest claim to fame so far is his portrayal of the brilliant but deeply disturbed medico in the American TV series House, while Fry, though less well known in the US, has tried his hand at a far wider range of things, including hosting the popular British TV quiz (or non-quiz) show QI (for Quite Interesting).
Does Stephen Fry really feel sorry he’s not Hugh Laurie? I doubt it, though I reckon he’d like some of his money.