"I know everyone says they have a wonderful crew, and logically that can't be the case; we can't all be wonderful. Somebody somewhere is working with a crew of drunken thieves, but it's not me."
And for good measure, here's his equally hilarious and witty opening monologue from when he hosted Saturday Night Live some months ago:
"My bottom was much in demand at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 80s, although I didn't actually do Midsummer Night's Dream until 1994...So what can you expect from an Englishman, hosting an American comedy show? Well, firstly, humour...and when I say 'humour', I mean overly elaborate puns that may take you days to understand with very little payoff...."
Wow, I'd love to hear him in one of Shakespeare's comedies!
UPDATE: Apparently the first version of Laurie's acceptance speech was removed, so I've substituted another. You have to sit through all the "Here are nominees" stuff, it seems.