The word cynic comes from the Greek κυνικός, kynikos, or "dog-like." The original Cynics had a personal philosophy that emphasized virtue and moral freedom in liberation from desire. They also circled three times before lying down.
Before Hugh Laurie (June 11, 1959) achieved fame and fortune as House, MD, he was well-known in Britain as a comic actor of Pythonesque stature and not a half-bad musician. His parody of 60s protest songs, "All We Gotta Do Is..." is a brilliant take on self-righteous folksingers whose true insight leaves a bit to be desired.