Hugh Laurie Talks Blues Album, Dances to ‘Get Lucky’ With Colbert (+Videos)

Colbert didn't know Laurie, whose last album sold 1M copies, could 'so much as whistle'
By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 7, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Hugh Laurie, who played Dr. Gregory House for eight seasons on Fox’s “House,” appeared on the Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert on Monday night. He introduced his new blues album “Didn’t it Rain,” amid comedic banter about a British guy succeeding in an African American genre, and about an actor paid nearly $400,000 an episode living the blues.

Laurie and Hugh said the greatest gift America gave the world was blues. Colbert said, “Do you know what England’s greatest gift to the world is?”

“America,” he answered his own question.

Laurie’s previous blues album, “Let Them Talk,” sold a million copies, going triple platinum—and, said Colbert, “I didn’t know you could so much as whistle.”

Colbert described the album cover, on which Laurie is playing a very tiny piano, as “adorable.”

“Do you have to live the blues to play the blues?” Colbert asked.

Laurie’s simple answer was, “No.” He admitted he was “handsomely compensated,” for his role on “House.”

Although he was reportedly unhappy in the role. He told Radio Times his success became a “gilded cage.”

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Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.