Are you ready for some ADULT humour? It is about SEX....
I have got a witty and ingenious sketch for you. A real bundle of laughs. This is a script that you will never perform in an academic classroom, but which is just as educative and valuable to improve your English. Find a friend to practice it with and you will both laugh yourselves silly.
LAUGH YOURSELF SILLY -> means to laugh uncontrollably or for a long time.
Meet Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry one of the best comic duos in Britain.
Laurie and Fry met while they were undergraduates at Cambridge University and members of Footlights. They were introduced to each other by fellow student Emma Thompson. Their shared sense of humour immediately clicked, forging a comic partnership that became one of the strongest and most enduring in Britain across the 80s and 90s.
I find this sketch hilarious, and the dialogue exquisitely written. Pre-coital Agreement shows two lawyers negotiating the conditions of a sexual encounter on behalf of a couple. Nick (Hugh Laurie) represents the woman, and Richard (Stephen Fry) represents the man. Here´s the script as a PDF so that you can practice the dialogues with a friend.
VOCABULARY LIST for the script (download as a pdf)
thrash out -> (resolver mediante discusión) to discuss a problem in detail until you reach an agreement or find a solution
broad terms-> (términos amplios) in wide terms
protracted -> (prolongado) lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual
a bout-> (sesion, combate) a short period of intense activity of a specified kind
intercourse -> (relaciones, intercambio) communication or dealings between individuals or groups - when used with the word "sexual "it refers to sexual contact between individuals
chip away -> (quitarle importancia a algo, reducir, saltarse algo) to gradually make something weaker, smaller, or less effective
riders and emendations -> (suplemento/ Addenda y enmiendas) A rider is an attachment, schedule, amendment, or other writing that is annexed (added) to a document in order to modify it. Emendation is the process of making a revision or correction to a text
expedite matters -> (acelerar los asuntos) make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly
swiftly -> (rápidamente) moving with great speed; fast
spill -> (derramar) to cause or allow (liquid) to flow over the edge of its container, especially unintentionally.
mop off -> (limpiar una superficie) To clean or dry some surface by mopping or wiping it
brush-> (palpar, manosear) a light and fleeting touch.
preclude -> (imposibilitar) prevent from happening
spurned -> (rechazado/a) rejected with disdain or contempt
afterglow -> good feelings remaining after a pleasurable or successful experience
romp -> (un revolcón) an instance of sexual activity between two or more people that is entered into light-heartedly and without emotional commitment
Humour is sometimes neglected in the language classrooms, specially when the curriculum is geared towards preparing certification exams. Adult humour can be hard to incorporate in an academic environment too. Nevertheless well written comic dialogues like this one can be great resources for dramatizations and role-play activities. These exercises help us build on our lexicon, and improve our listening and speaking skills while having a laugh.
If you fancy learning about other English speaking comedians, I suggest you read my previous post Can't Make Head Or Tail Of Comedy.
And if you enjoyed the humour of Laurie and Fry, here´s a bonus video for you. :-)