Eric Idle will always be associated with Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  This skit show broke every rule as it became a part of the lexicon of comedy.  It was the reason most people watched PBS.  It was funny and they showed naked breasts on television!

The Python gang took over the movies with a trio films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.  After the group broke-up, Eric appeared in such dreck as Mom and Dad Save the World, Nuns on the Run and Burn, Hollywood, Burn.  The last film is considered one of the worst films of the decade.

Along with some members of SNL, Eric turned a Rutland Weekend Television skit into the Rutles, a parody of the Beatles. Eventually, it became both a film and a successful LP.  We here at thought a parody of the Beatles was called The Monkees.

Eric has also become a successful song writer.  He composed such songs as “Eric, the half a bee,” “The Galaxy Song,” and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

To prove his musical prowess. he turned Holy Grail into Spamalot.  This musical won just about every Tony award and has been touring the country ever since.  Of this, Eric said, “To me, the musical is best when it’s a musical comedy.  So if you have a very, very funny show, and very good funny songs, that’s what the musical does best.”

We have to agree: a musical version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre would not be that charming.

Eric once said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.”  The only words we here at have for Eric is Happy Birthday!


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