Welcome to another round of Micro Bookends. In the mood for a giggle? Read on:
A double act, or comedy duo, is comic partnership in which humour is generated from the uneven relationship between the pair. The duo are usually similar in many qualities such as sex, age, and ethnicity, but differ greatly in their personality and outlook on life. One of the pair is often the ‘straight man’ who feeds jokes to the comic. Perhaps the most famous double act is Laurel and Hardy, who rose to fame in the early classic Hollywood era. In the UK, double acts like Morecambe and Wise, and the Two Ronnies are still considered to be two of the greatest double acts to grace our television screens.
Hugh Laurie, of Fry and Laurie, celebrates his 56th birthday today. From 2004 to 2012, Laurie played Dr. Gregory House, the protagonist of US medical drama, House. According to the 2011 Guinness Book of Records he was the most watched leading man on television with House receiving worldwide viewing figures of 81.8 million. Writing in the Daily Telegraph in 1999, Laurie explained how reading PG Wodehouse saved his life. He went on to play Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster in the comedy series Jeeves and Wooster, with Stephen Fry playing Jeeves. Laurie has suffered from depression throughout his life. He first knew he had a problem when he was taking part in a charity demolition derby where he experienced neither fear nor excitement at watching cars explode. He said:
Boredom is not an appropriate response to exploding cars.
A rendition of Happy Birthday to You for Mr Laurie with this week’s photo prompt:
Judging this week’s contest is me!
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with DOUBLE and ending with ACT and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
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Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation, including hyphens and apostrophes, is allowed) will be eligible to win.