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  • Gareth is based on the kid I went to school with who I talk about in most of my stand-up shows, and Tim is based on a guy I used to work with mixed with Norm from Cheers, a little Chandler and a touch of Oliver Hardy.

    Ricky Gervais: Happy 10th Birthday To The Office

  • At this point the great sage Oliver Hardy would look us in the eye and conclude, "Here's another fine mess you've gotten us into."

    John Feffer: BP and Our Own Messochism

  • He looks truly awful: his baggy, dew-lapped face blanched somewhere between yellow and grey, and he seems to have gained weight or his suits have shrunk so that he resembles a charmless Oliver Hardy.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Gervais's cartoon looks like Fred Flintstone with a hint of Oliver Hardy, and the lack of resemblance makes you wonder why they didn't just film the three men.

    A Passionate Woman; Louis Theroux: America's Medicated Kids; The Ricky Gervais Show

  • I had recently found myself inextricably wedged in a ladies room stall (damn you, inward opening door) and inadvertently clearing off a restaurant tabletop with my rogue belly (damn you, unintentional Oliver Hardy comedy bits).

    With Love and Laughter, John Ritter

  • At this point the great sage Oliver Hardy would look us in the eye and conclude, "Here's another fine mess you've gotten us into."

    John Feffer: BP and Our Own Messochism

  • Heaven knows how many hours the poor guy spent listening to me waxing inebriate on all matter of subjects from the state of American politics to the age-old question as to who was the funniest of the two: Stan Laurel or Oliver Hardy?

    Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Bloviating Gas Bag

  • Except that it was Oliver Hardy who was the dick, not Stan Laurel.

    Lost in Translation

  • I would be tempted to call our reaction a gendered one, except that male performers are expected to have a certain look as well: if you sing like Mick Jagger and play guitar like Eric Clapton, you won't get far if you look like Oliver Hardy or Stan Laurel.

    Appearances

  • His repertory of facial expressions is as broad as that of Red Skelton or Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

    Jerry Weissman: If I Could Tell Just One Thing to Jon Stewart ...

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