On Late Show with David Letterman (February 24, 2006), Mr. Laurie spoke with pride about his father's accomplishment in the 1936 Olympics and winning a Gold Medal in Rowing. He also mentioned his father had witnessed Hitler storming out of the stadium when Jesse Owens won his medals.
When Letterman asked him to say something in his American accent, he declined and quipped, "I'm off the clock." He went on to say it was so difficult to say "New York" that he told everyone he was going to Chicago for the late show appearance.
Another humorous comment was his relating how someone on the internet had said "he laughed with an English accent."