Thursday, August 04, 2005

pops and spoffles

Just flicking through my drafts folder and don't think I ever got round to publishing this sweet little anecdote, garnered from Popbitch.

"Many moons ago, when Hugh Laurie and Sir Stephen of Fry were just becoming 'known', they were interviewed on a BBC radio show. Mr Fry asked what the foam covers on the end of the mics were called. To which Mr Laurie said, "They're called 'Spoffles' and they prevent what's known as 'Popping'". Mr Fry, the Host and the Engineer were all impressed by Mr Laurie's knowledge and the interview continued.

Years passed, and once again Fry and Laurie were in a radio studio. The Engineer said something like he'll just adjust the Spoffle. Mr Laurie says, "The what?" And the Engineer explains that this is what the foam things are called. "Good Lord," laughs Mr Laurie, "I made that word up on the spot years ago in a studio!"

3 comments:

BB said...

They used to be fantastic, and then they tried to be serious actors :-(

jonathan said...

I dunno; I could take or leave Fry as an actor/director (witness Wilde and Bright Young Things), but I have to say that Laurie is pretty fantastic in House at the moment. Surprised how good he is in that.

Dirk said...

I wouldn't deny you your drafts...