Full House: Hugh Laurie downs a shot on stage in Canada as he shows off his piano, singing, dancing AND drinking skills
By MARC ANDREWS
Proving his versatility, multi-talent Hugh Laurie showed off his piano, singing, dancing AND drinking skills during the first night of his tour in Canada.
Called the ‘Copper Bottom Band’ tour, the British actor brought a seven piece band with him to play pop/vocal and jazz standards to the apparent delight of the Vancouver crowd.
The 54-year-old House MD actor also appeared very relaxed about drinking on stage in front of his public, holding up a glass to the audience and then downing it with obvious pleasure.
For his stage performance Hugh wore a plaid suit, with the jacket later coming off as he got more relaxed with his audience to show off a bright pink ruffled shirt.
Presumably it wasn’t Russian vodka that Hugh was drinking on stage either, as earlier this year he called for a boycott on the drink in protest against Vladimir Putin’s comment that gay people are welcome at the Winter Olympics, providing they ‘leave children in peace’.
In a message to his Twitter followers, Hugh urged vodka drinkers to switch to Polish brands instead.
He wrote: ‘I’d boycott Russian goods if I could think of a single thing they made besides the rest of the world depressed. Russian vodka is OK if you need to clean the oven. For drinking, it must henceforth be Polish.’
Politics aside, Hugh was playing his multifaceted show this week at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver and prior to the gig was busy tweeting about the venue’s beauty, even posting a photo of its opulent grandeur.
'Another stunner, another 1927,' he declared. 'Was earth visited by theatre-building aliens that year'.
He later tweeted to his almost half a million followers: ‘Bring a stranger and love them by the night’s end’.
It appears that this may well have been the case because after the show Hugh was in a decidedly jubilant mood.
'What a fabulous night in Vancouver,' he tweeted. 'Audience tore off their clothes and cavorted in the aisles (Allow for Canadian exchange rate).'
While he continues to tour with his band, the 54-year-old double Golden Globe winner will next be seen on the big screen in the science fiction film Tomorrowland, also starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson.
The movie is being directed by Brad Bird who previously directed Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, as well as writing and directing the Pixar family favourites The Incredibles and Ratatouille.
Tomorrowland is scheduled for release in May, 2015.