Eric Idle - Author

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Eric Idle is the third tallest member of Monty Python. In addition to the Python scripts, he is the author of the novels The Road to Mars and Hello Sailor, the play Pass the Butler; and the children's book The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life A Sortabiography

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life A Sortabiography

Author: Eric Idle Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2018

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named after the song he wrote for Life of Brian which has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humour that has delighted his audiences for five decades. This is a memoir chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life A Sortabiography

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life A Sortabiography

Author: Eric Idle Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2018

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named after the song he wrote for Life of Brian which has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humour that has delighted his audiences for five decades. This is a memoir chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

Author: Eric Idle Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2017

Join the Owl and the Pussycat on their long journey to save the walking, talking Bong Tree in this clever story filled with love and laughter, silly songs, fabulous felines, vile villains, precocious pie-rats, and lots more to tickle one's fancy. Enhanced by an original musical score that contains ten hysterical songs.

Writer's Cut

Writer's Cut

Author: Eric Idle Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2015

From Monty Python legend Eric Idle comes this wicked and enthralling comedySet during the glorious days of the Bush Empire before they finally invaded and killed irony, The Writer's Cut follows Stanley Hay, a joke writer. He has a girlfriend, a writing partner and a career going nowhere in particular. Wisecracking, ambitious and horny, Stanley decides that he is going to change that by writing a novel. This is where things start to spiral out of control.Caught up in the excitement Stanley falsely confesses that the novel will be a kiss-and-tell (a kiss and sell?) featuring Hollywood's most famous and glamorous actresses. Before long expectations are going through the roof, Stanley is a celebrity in his own right and he's living the LA highlife. There's only one little problemFunny and pointed, The Writer's Cut is a manic satirical ride through the booze and sex fuelled world of Tinseltown from our one of the world's best loved comedians.

Road to Mars

Road to Mars

Author: Eric Idle Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Carlton is an android working for Alex and Lewis, two comedians from the twenty-second century who travel the outer vaudeville circuit of the solar system known ironically as the Road to Mars. Being a computer he can't understand irony, but is nevertheless attempting to write a thesis about comedy, its place in evolution, and whether it can ever be cured. He is studying the comedians of the late twentieth century (including obscure and esoteric comedy acts such as Monty Python's Flying Circus) in his search for the comedy gene. Meanwhile, during an audition for a gig on the Princess Di (a solar cruise ship), his two employers inadvertently become involved in a terriorist plot against Mars, the planet of showbiz. Can Carlton prevent Alex and Lewis from losing their gigs, overcome the love thing and finally understand the meaning of comedy in the universe? From one of the original members of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

The Greedy Bastard Diary A Comic Tour of America

The Greedy Bastard Diary A Comic Tour of America

Author: Eric Idle Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Eric Idle, the legendary star of Monty Python fame, takes fans on a deeply personal and hilarious whirlwind tour around America. 'I still feel somewhat nervous encroaching on the Palin territory of writing a travel diary based on a journey ... though it is true, I reason, that all the Pythons have been involved in documentaries. So this must be a Python thing. What is this urge to probe and examine by ex-comedians? Are they tired of dressing up as women? Surely not.' - Eric Idle The man who brought you the anthems 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' and 'Sit on my Face' shows his naughty bits - and much more! As he crossed the US on The Greedy Bastard Tour, Eric Idle kept a diary on the Monty Python website updating fans with his experiences, insights and observations. Inspired by those blogs, THE GREEDY BASTARD DIARY is an honest, hysterical and moving book - part travelogue, part memoir - that chronicles those 80 days on the road, offering Idle's thoughts on his career, personal life and the country he now calls his home. Reflective, ironic, and stamped with his renowned wit, this illuminating work takes readers on a personal tour with the legendary star and offers an intimate, close-up look inside the man as never before.

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Author: Eric Idle, Michael Palin Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2006

Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones star in this innovative and groundbreaking series which includes 19 of their best sketches. From the memorable 'Nudge Nudge Wink Wink' to the celebrated 'Dead Parrot Sketch', there's also the hairdresser with a fear of hair who really wanted to be a lumberjack in 'Barber Shop Sketch' and the 'Lumberjack Song'. Also featuring among many timeless classics are leading figures from the Third Reich, who fetch up in a B&B in the West Country, and the famous composer who only has one shed but did once think of getting a second... Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued on CD and as downloads.

The Fairly Incomplete and Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Songbook

The Fairly Incomplete and Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Songbook

Author: Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2005

From 'The Lumberjack Song' to 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life', the Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Songbook does pretty much what it says on the cover, collecting up the cream of the Python team's musical output, from the four TV series and the various feature films. Included are such gems as 'Eric the Half-a - Bee', 'Sit on My Face and Tell Me That You Love Me', 'Bruces' Philosophers Song', 'Oliver Cromwell', 'The Knights of the Round Table', 'Christmas in Heaven', 'All Things Dull & Ugly', 'Every Sperm is Sacred', and 'Isn't it Awfully Nice to Have a Penis', amongst many others, all arranged with music for the piano and accompanied by Terry Gilliam's incomparable cartoons; Reissue of a classic Monty Python humour title; Original edition sold 10,000 copies; Arranged for Piano; Ilustrated by Terry Gilliam; With a foreword by 'Elvis Presley', and complete instructions on how to play the piano

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