Former “House” actor Hugh Laurie took to social media on Wednesday fully intent on saving Christmas for some poor family, but ended up providing a few laughs instead.
The saga began when Laurie apparently received someone’s package mistakenly at his home.
Breaking from the dark characters he often portrays, the actor posted a photograph of two of the three items on Twitter in an effort to find the rightful recipient — the caveat being they would have to name the missing third item.
“Doting parent/uncle/aunt – I was sent your parcel by mistake, and can’t find any way of sending it back to Amazon to make sure you get it. If you can name the third item, I’ll post it to you direct,” Laurie tweeted.
Doting parent/uncle/aunt – I was sent your parcel by mistake, and can't find any way of sending it back to Amazon to make sure you get it. If you can name the third item, I'll post it to you direct. pic.twitter.com/wserLQbyI9
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) December 6, 2017
All of which set off a comical campaign to guess the third item that accompanied the Science book and a game called “Speak Out Kids vs Parents.”
Here’s a sampling of some of the hilarious responses from Twitter:
Secret Santa gone wrong – but Hugh Laurie to the rescue! https://t.co/LNsuiHw4hp
— Katerina Topalidou (@atopalid) December 7, 2017
— Ben Folley (@FolleyBen) December 6, 2017
We can rule out lupus. https://t.co/F3ALVuBlI0
— Rachel Kinsella (@Rachelkatex) December 6, 2017
— Mike (@OhioOldGuy) December 7, 2017
— Karin (@kazz1n) December 7, 2017
— Angela Chapman (@AngelCakes78) December 7, 2017
Remember when House gave his name to everyone when they did Secret Santa?
— Suzan Harrison (@Harrison4Suzan) December 7, 2017
I hope it’s socks buddy… pic.twitter.com/9W7GLbE9I6
— Gc-257 (@gatecrasher257) December 6, 2017
It’s a pack of gold letters, and you’re missing a stress willy. Am I right?https://t.co/CdPMqdbuLU
— Paivi (@PaiviTen) December 6, 2017
In all seriousness, it was this pic.twitter.com/YGsfWBCLuo
— Ben Loney (@Benloney) December 7, 2017
Was it a carton of Pall Mall reds?
— Andrew Brinkley (@_AndrewBrinkley) December 6, 2017
This is nearly as good as phoning @JohnCleese because you found his dairy.
— Darcy R 🇨🇦❄️🚴♂️ (@geodarcy) December 7, 2017
I’m guessing it’s not naked twister… 😱
— Jess Clackum (@JessicaClackum) December 6, 2017
— kims (@boosmom44) December 7, 2017
Um, copy of “Five on Brexit Island” by Enid Blyton? Boxed set of Blackadder? First edition of “Juggling for Dummies”? 24 carat diamond cufflinks? Grey men’s socks with purple stripes? DVD of Home Cooking Southern Style? Allain Toussaint’s “Spouthern Nights”? Am I getting warmer?
— rhungy OOL (@MaineacFTW) December 6, 2017
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