The Cambridge Footlights
played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winning a week performing in a tiny London theater in front of "what was then the 'national press,' five people with clinically extreme dandruff." In the coming years, Laurie flourished.
"I always had a hankering to be in the Cambridge Footlights
. They did a tour, including the (Newcastle) Playhouse, and I thought it was the best thing in the world.
He was also secretary of the famous Cambridge Footlights
Drama Society, which included actors such as Peter Cook and John Bird.
"In the case of Cambridge Footlights
, we're very different.
Career Perkins became president of the Cambridge Footlights
in 1990, and in 1993 was shortlisted (with Giedroyc) for the Best Newcomer Award at Edinburgh.
For while the seasoned actress - an alumni of Cambridge Footlights
- has been 'jobbing' for the best part of two decades, it's undeniably the last six or seven years that's seen her career soar.
The Monty Python star was the first Cambridge Footlights
president to allow women into the university's prestigious arts club.
"I always say there are some things that tell you more about a country than anything else, and they are the music, the food and the humour," adds the London-born star, who studied English literature at Cambridge, where he joined the famous Cambridge Footlights
drama club, along with long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie.
He'd never heard of the Cambridge Footlights
but when a friend introduced him it opened up a whole new world.
He failed to get into Oxford University but was offered a place at Cambridge to study history, becoming president of Cambridge Footlights
, where he met Robert Webb.
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: Perfect Strangers Venue Pleasance Dome With 50 years at the Fringe, the Cambridge Footlights
are still a must-have ticket.
He said: "I started my career at the Festival in 1963 with Cambridge Footlights
in a church hall in Laurieston and met Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
Director Keith Hill explains: "It is a compendium of material from Edwardian days and music hall to Cambridge Footlights
, Beyond the Fringe and the 1980s and 1990s."
The last sketch team to have won the prize was the Cambridge Footlights
, featuring Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry, back in 1981.
"That's a title which is a bit of a joke in itself, like you'll get the Cambridge Footlights
Revue (at Edinburgh's Fringe), which will be really high energy.