Book Passage at Curran

Eric Idle

Oct 9, 2018 7 pm

Guest Speaker
80 mins.
Doors Open
1hr Before Show

A legend in his own lunchtime, and author of many books, some not half bad, some not even a quarter bad, Eric has finally entered his anecdotage, with the last word in Python memoirs. “Hopefully,” says Eric, noting he is the last of the legendary group to tell his story.

Best known for his unforgettable roles in Monty Python, from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life, Idle now reflects on the meaning of his own life and takes us on a remarkable, absurdly funny journey from his childhood spent in a charity boarding school through to his successful career in radio, comedy, television, theater, and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the sixties and seventies, Idle 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 that involve such close friends and luminaries as Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Mike Nichols, and many more—let alone the Pythons themselves—Idle captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named after the song he wrote for Life of Brian that has since become the number one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the offbeat humor that has delighted audiences for five decades.

Tickets are $45-95, and all tickets include an autographed copy of the book.


Eric Idle

Eric Idle

ERIC IDLE is a comedian, actor, author, and singer-songwriter who found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Following its success, the group began making films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979), and The Meaning of Life (1983). Eric wrote, directed, and created The Rutles, the world’s first-ever mockumentary, as well as the Tony Award–winning musical Spamalot (2005). He lives in Los Angeles.