Stephen Fry & Friends Pay Tribute to Christopher Hitchens

On Novem­ber 9th, Stephen Fry and friends came togeth­er in Lon­don to cel­e­brate Christo­pher Hitchens’ life, loves and hates — all while Hitch watched from his hos­pi­tal bed. Staged in Lon­don by Intel­li­gence², the event brought togeth­er Richard Dawkins, Christo­pher Buck­ley, Salman Rushdie, Lewis Lapham, Mar­tin Amis, poet James Fen­ton and actor Sean Penn, with some pay­ing trib­ute in per­son, oth­ers via satel­lite.

Orig­i­nal­ly, the sell-out audi­ence of 2,500 expect­ed to see Hitchens and Fry talk­ing togeth­er about pol­i­tics, lit­er­a­ture, and ‘the things that make life worth defend­ing — foes like faith and false con­so­la­tion.’ But at the last moment, Hitchens, already suf­fer­ing from esophageal can­cer, fell ill with pneu­mo­nia and plans changed. Now, instead of being an inter­locu­tor, Fry became mas­ter of cer­e­monies, coor­di­nat­ing what odd­ly felt like a eulo­gy before the fact.

The pro­gram runs 45 min­utes, and you can watch it for free. Also don’t miss a pre­vi­ous Intel­li­gence Squared Debate where Fry and Hitchens take posi­tions on the Catholic church and whether it’s a force for good.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Christo­pher Hitchens: No Deathbed Con­ver­sion for Me, Thanks, But It Was Good of You to Ask

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  • Dominic says:

    Not work­ing for UK view­ers. Noooooo!

  • Bruce Waite says:

    As an icono­last Christo­pher Hitchens will go down, but not just yet, as a rev­o­lu­tion­ary com­men­ta­tor on our mod­ern, and per­haps, not so mod­ern times.

  • Bruce Waite says:

    No watch video, what a sur­prise! You secret ser­vice peo­ple are melo­dra­mat­ic.….

  • Ted Maxwell says:

    Hey guys, sor­ry about the geo-restric­tion. Because of a UK tv deal with Cur­rent TV we’ve had to give them 3 months exclu­siv­i­ty in the UK. The YouTube will become avail­able in the UK on Feb 20th 2012. It’s worth the wait though!

  • Bryon says:

    It’s only fair, since we don’t get to watch QI on the tel­ly over here!

  • Mr. S. says:

    Yeah, he’ll go down in his­to­ry as a fake lib­er­al, a war-mon­ger for neo-cons, and a com­men­ta­tor on Orwell who missed the point. Hope he suf­fered a tiny bit as much as the Iraqis he helped maim and kill.

  • Cdr says:

    He isn’t a war­mon­ger, his point on Iraq was that while hun­dreds of thou­sands were starv­ing, held to hostage by Hus­sein while he frit­tered mon­ey on palaces, that was not peace.

    He isn’t to blame for reli­gious extrem­ists blow­ing up Iraqi’s either, so you can grow up Mr S.

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