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Encyclopedia > Eric Idle
Eric Idle

Born: 29 March 1943 (1943-03-29) (age 64)
Flag of England South Shields, County Durham, England (now Tyne and Wear)
Occupation
Actor, writer, comedian, musician
Career milestones
Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967-1969)
Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974)
Rutland Weekend Television (1975-1976)
All You Need Is Cash (1978)
Spamalot (2005)
Official website
Idle at PythOnline

Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. He wrote and performed as a member of the internationally renowned British comedy group, Monty Python. Image File history File links Eric Idle 1999 BBC Monty Python 30th Anniversary This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... , South Shields is a coastal town in Tyne and Wear, England, on the south bank of the mouth of the River Tyne, with a population of about 90,000. ... County Durham is a county in north-east England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan county in the North East of England around the mouths of the Rivers Tyne and Wear. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... From left to right: David Jason, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle. ... This article is about the television series. ... RWT logo. ... All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a British rock group called The Rutles. ... Monty Pythons Spamalot is a comedic musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ...

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Early life

Idle was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham) and in Harton Village, the son of Nora Barron (Sanderson) and Ernest Idle.[1] His father had served in the Royal Air Force and survived World War II, only to be killed in a hitch-hiking accident shortly afterwards. His mother had difficulty coping with a full-time job and raising a child, so when he was seven, she enrolled him into the Royal Wolverhampton School as a boarder. , South Shields is a coastal town in Tyne and Wear, England, on the south bank of the mouth of the River Tyne, with a population of about 90,000. ... Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan county in the North East of England around the mouths of the Rivers Tyne and Wear. ... County Durham is a county in north-east England. ... “RAF” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... In an accident resulting from excessive speed, this concrete truck rolled over into the front garden of a house. ... The Wolverhampton Orphan Asylum was founded in 1850 by John Lees, a local freemason and lock manufacturer, after a cholera epidemic ravaged the town and left many children orphaned. ... A boarder may be a person who: snowboards skateboards surfboards stays at a boarding house attends a Boarding school See also: board This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The school had begun life as a Victorian orphanage, and during Idle's time was a charitable foundation dedicated to the welfare of children who had lost one or both parents. Its pupils, who were mainly the children of dead English soldiers, still referred to it as the 'Ophney'. Orphans, by Thomas Kennington An orphan (from the Greek ορφανός) is a person (typically a child), who has lost both parents, often through death. ...


Idle is quoted as saying: "It was a physically abusive, bullying, harsh environment for a kid to grow up in. I got used to dealing with groups of boys and getting on with life in unpleasant circumstances and being smart and funny and subversive at the expense of authority. Perfect training for Python."[2] Child abuse is the physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others. ... Bullying is the tormenting of others through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation. ...


Idle stated that the two things that made his life bearable were listening to Radio Luxembourg under the bedclothes and watching the local football team, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite this, he disliked other sports and would sneak out of school every Thursday afternoon to the local cinema. He was eventually caught watching the X-rated BUtterfield 8 and stripped of his prefecture, even though by that time he was head boy. Idle had already refused to be senior boy in the school cadet force, as he supported the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and had participated in the yearly Aldermaston March. Radio Luxembourg (1933-1992, 2005-)was an important forerunner of pirate radio and modern commercial radio in Europe. ... Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. are an English football club playing at Molineux Stadium. ... BUtterfield 8 is a 1960 film about a promiscuous model (Elizabeth Taylor) who fears that she is on the verge of crossing the line from slutitude to prostitution, until she and one of her paramours (Laurence Harvey) fall in love. ... A prefect (from the Latin praefectus, perfect participle of praeficere: make in front, i. ... Head Boy and Head Girl are terms commonly used in the British education system, and in private schools throughout the Commonwealth. ... CND logo In British politics, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has been at the forefront of the peace movement in the United Kingdom and claims to be Europes largest single-issue peace campaign. ... The first Aldermaston March took place at Easter in 1958, shortly after the launch of CND, when people marched for four days from London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment close to [Aldermaston]] in Berkshire, England to demonstrate their opposition to nuclear weapons. ...


Idle maintains that there was little to do at the school and boredom drove him to study hard. He consequently won a place at Cambridge. The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ...


Comedy career

University life and comedy

Idle attended Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, where he studied English. At Pembroke, he was invited to join the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club by the President of the Footlights Club, Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Footlights Club member Bill Oddie. Full name Pembroke College Motto - Named after Countess of Pembroke, Mary de St Pol Previous names Marie Valence Hall (1347), Pembroke Hall (?), Pembroke College (1856) Established 1347 Sister College(s) Queens College Master Sir Richard Dearlove Location Trumpington Street Undergraduates ~420 Postgraduates ~240 Homepage Boatclub Pembroke College is a... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U.K., U.S., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, South Africa, and the Middle East, among other areas), English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology... The ADC Theatre is the home of the Footlights. ... Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born 7 July 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire), is a British comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ...

"I'd never heard of the Footlights when I got there, but we had a tradition of college smoking-concerts, and I sent in some sketches parodying a play that had just been done. Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie auditioned me for the Footlights smoker, and that led to me discovering about and getting into the Footlights, which was great."[3]

When Idle joined the Footlights Club, the other members included John Cleese and Graham Chapman, who were also attending the University of Cambridge. “Cleese” redirects here. ... Dr. Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ...


Eric Idle became Footlights President in 1965. The elected leader of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, commonly referred to simply as Footlights, is known as the Footlights President. ...


Before Python

Eric Idle appeared in the children's television comedy series Do Not Adjust Your Set with Terry Jones and Michael Palin (who were both former University of Oxford students). Terry Gilliam provided animations for the show. Other members of the cast were British comedic actors David Jason and Denise Coffey. From left to right: David Jason, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Sir David Jason, OBE (born February 2, 1940) is a highly regarded English actor, admired equally for his dramatic work as for his comedy roles. ... Denise Coffey playing the part of Juliet in Do Not Adjust Your Set Denise Coffey (born 12 December 1936 in Aldershot) is a British actress. ...


Monty Python

Idle (left) and Terry Jones in the sketch "Nudge Nudge" from Monty Python's Flying Circus

Unlike the other Pythons, who wrote in pairs (Cleese/Chapman and Palin/Jones), Idle wrote alone. His work was often closely associated with long, complex speeches or catchy one-liners. Among the many Python sketches written by Idle is "Nudge Nudge", the title of which has become a catchphrase. Image File history File links Nudge_nudge. ... Image File history File links Nudge_nudge. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... Nudge nudge is a sketch from the third Monty Pythons Flying Circus episode, How to Recognise Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away featuring Eric Idle (author of the sketch) and Terry Jones as two strangers who meet in a pub. ... Nudge nudge is a sketch from the third Monty Pythons Flying Circus episode, How to Recognise Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away featuring Eric Idle (author of the sketch) and Terry Jones as two strangers who meet in a pub. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ...



In the 1970s, he also had the role of editor of the Monty Python 'boks' [sic]. He parlayed his experience forward in January 2003 when he released his contribution [ISBN 0-413-76010-3] as the fifth in the book series A Pocketful of Python, containing some of his favourite sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus and some of his favourite passages from their books. The books in this series include sketches written by all the Pythons - including Idle.


Idle wrote the book and lyrics and co-wrote the music for Spamalot which opened on Broadway in 2005. Monty Pythons Spamalot is a comedic musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ...


After Python

After Monty Python ceased to be a regularly active ensemble in the mid-1970s, all six members pursued solo projects. Idle's first solo work was his own BBC Radio One show, Radio Five (pre-dating the real Radio Five station by 18 years). This ran for two seasons from 1973 to 1974 and involved Idle performing sketches and links to records, with himself playing nearly all the multi-tracked parts. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... BBC Radio Five Live is the BBCs radio service providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. ...


On television, Idle gave the world Rutland Weekend Television (RWT), a sketch show on BBC2, written by Idle, with music by Neil Innes. RWT was 'Britain's smallest television network'. The name was a parody of London Weekend Television, the independent television franchise that provided Londoners with their ITV services at weekends; Rutland had been England's smallest county, but had recently been 'abolished' in an administrative shake-up. To make the joke complete, the programme went out on a weekday. Other regular performers were David Battley, Henry Woolf, Gwen Taylor and Terence Bayler, and George Harrison made a guest appearance on one episode. RWT logo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Oakham Castle Rutland is traditionally Englands smallest county and is bounded on the west and north by Leicestershire, northeast by Lincolnshire, and southeast by Northamptonshire. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Henry Woolf Henry Woolf, called a living icon of the theatrical avant-garde by Richard Eyre and Nicholas Wright in the major BBC TV series and companion book A View of British Theatre in the Twentieth Century, grew up with playwright Harold Pinter in Hackney, London. ... Gwen Taylor (born 19 February 1939 in Derby, England) is an English actress. ... Terence Bayler (born 1930 in Waganui) is a New Zealand actor. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ...


A legacy of RWT was the creation, with Innes, of The Rutles, an affectionate parody of The Beatles. The band became a popular phenomenon, especially in the U.S. where Idle was appearing on Saturday Night Live - fans would send in Beatles LPs with their sleeves altered to show the Rutles. In 1978 the Rutles' mockumentary film All You Need Is Cash, a collaboration between Python members and Saturday Night Live, was aired on NBC television, as written by Idle, with music by Innes. Idle appeared in the film as "Dirk McQuickly" (the Paul McCartney-styled character of the group), as well as the main commentator. Actors appearing in the film included Saturday Night Live's John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner, as well as George Harrison and Mick Jagger. The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article is about the American television series. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a British rock group called The Rutles. ... This article is about the television network. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an iconic English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoons Animal House and The Blues Brothers. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor. ... Gilda Susan Radner (28 June 1946 – 20 May 1989) was an American comedienne and actress, best known for her five years as part of the original cast of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live. ... Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ...


In 1986 he provided the voice of Wreck-Gar in Transformers: The Movie. In 1987 he took part in the English National Opera production of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera The Mikado, in which he appeared in the role of the Lord High Executioner. In 1989 he appeared in the US comedy television series Nearly Departed about a ghost who haunts the family inhabiting his former home. The series lasted for six episodes as a summer replacement series. Wreck-Gar is the name of a fictional character from the Transformers universes. ... Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 feature film version of the popular television series Transformers based on the line of toys by Hasbro. ... W. S. Gilbert Arthur Sullivan Gilbert and Sullivan refers to the Victorian era partnership of librettist W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). ... Comic opera, or light opera, denotes a sung dramatic work of a light or comic nature, usually with a happy ending. ... The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations. ...


Idle received good critical notices appearing in projects written and directed by others - such as Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989), alongside Robbie Coltrane in Nuns on the Run (1990) and in Casper (1995). He also played Ratty in Terry Jones' version of the The Wind in the Willows (1996). However, his own creative projects - such as the movie Splitting Heirs (1993), a comedy he wrote, starred in and executive-produced - were mostly unsuccessful with critics and audiences. Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a 1988 film directed by Terry Gilliam, starring John Neville (as the Baron), Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman, and Robin Williams. ... For the jazz saxophonist, see Ravi Coltrane. ... Nuns on the Run is a popular British comedy film of 1990, starring Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Wind in the Willows, released on video in the U.S. as Mr. ... Splitting Heirs is a 1993 British film starring Eric Idle, Rick Moranis, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cleese and Sadie Frost. ...


In 1994, he appeared as Dr. Nigel Channing, chairman of the Imagination Institute and host of an 'Inventor of the Year' awards show in the three-dimensional film Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which has been an attraction at Walt Disney World's Epcot since 1995 and at Disneyland since 1998. The film also stars Rick Moranis and other members of the cast of the 1989 feature film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. In 1999, he reprised the role in the second (and controversial) version of the Journey Into Imagination ride at Epcot, replacing Figment and Dreamfinder as the host. Due to an outcry from Disney fans, Figment was reinstated into the ride. Idle is also writer and star of the three-dimensional film Pirates - 4D for Busch Entertainment Corporation. In film, the term 3-D (or 3D) is used to describe any visual presentation system that attempts to maintain or recreate moving images of the third dimension, the illusion of depth as seen by the viewer. ... Honey, I Shrunk The Audience is a 3-D film at several Disney theme parks themed to the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids film series. ... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon Introduction Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA is home to four theme parks, two water parks, several resort hotels and golf courses... This article is about the Epcot theme park. ... For other uses, see Disneyland (disambiguation). ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian and musician best known for his comedy work on SCTV and featured in several Hollywood films including Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs, and My Blue Heaven. ... Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 comedy film released through Walt Disney Pictures. ... In film, the term 3-D (or 3D) is used to describe any visual presentation system that attempts to maintain or recreate moving images of the third dimension, the illusion of depth as seen by the viewer. ...


In 1995, he voiced Rincewind the "Wizzard" in a computer adventure game based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. In 1996, he reprised his role as Rincewind for the game's sequel, and composed and sang its theme song, "That's Death". In 1998, Idle appeared in the lead role in the poorly received film Burn Hollywood Burn (see Criticism). That same year, he also provided the voice of Devon, a dragon, in Warner Bros. Animated film Quest for Camelot. Rincewind the Wizzard is a fictional character appearing in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, several of which feature him as the central character. ... Discworld is a graphic adventure game developed by Teeny Weeny Games and Perfect 10 Productions in mid-1995. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... This article is about the novels. ... Discworld II: Missing Presumed. ... An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn (though the onscreen title is simply Burn Hollywood Burn) was made in 1997 and released in 1998. ... “WB” redirects here. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... Quest for Camelot is an animated feature from Warner Bros. ...


In recent years, Idle has worked with people who regard him as a huge inspiration, such as Trey Parker and Matt Stone in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, in which he voiced Dr. Vosknocker. He has also made three appearances on The Simpsons as famous documentarian Declan Desmond, so far the only appearance on the show by a Python. From 1999 to 2000, he played Ian Maxtone-Graham on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. Idle has also acted as Narrator to the AudioNovel version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Matthew Richard Matt Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an American animator, screenwriter, film director, voice actor and actor. ... South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a 1999 motion picture based on the cartoon television series of South Park. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky is an episode from the fourteenth season of The Simpsons that aired March 30, 2003. ... Ian Maxtone-Graham caricatured on The Simpsons, where he has worked since 1994 Ian Maxtone-Graham, born July 3, 1959, is a television writer and producer. ... This article is about the television network. ... Suddenly Susan 1997 promotional Emmy advertisement. ... For other uses, see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (disambiguation). ... Roald Dahl (IPA: ) (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a UK novelist, short story author and screenwriter of Norwegian parentage, famous as a writer for both children and adults. ...


Idle has recently provided his voice acting for Shrek the Third as "Merlin". The film reunites Idle with Python alumnus John Cleese. Idle was reported to have stormed out of its premiere and has said he may sue the producers of the film after seeing them directly copy a gag from his earlier film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The gag in question is banging coconuts together to imitate hoofbeats- a running gag throughout Monty Python and the Holy Grail.[4][5] This article is about the film. ... Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. ...


"What About Dick?" a play written by Idle, will be tried out with two public performances in Hollywood on November 10 and 11, 2007. The cast includes Billy Connolly, Tim Curry, Idle, Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Emily Mortimer, Jim Piddock, and Tracey Ullman.[6]


Other credits

Writing

Eric Idle 'as you can imagine' presents Rutland Weekend Television.

Idle has written several books, both fiction and non-fiction. His novels are Hello Sailor and The Road to Mars. In 1976, he produced a spin-off book to Rutland Weekend Television, entitled The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book. In 1982, he wrote a west end farce Pass The Butler, starring Willie Rushton. During his Greedy Bastard Tour of 2003, he wrote the diaries that would be made into The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America, published in February 2005. Image File history File links Eric_Idle_presenting_Rutland_Weekend_Television. ... Image File history File links Eric_Idle_presenting_Rutland_Weekend_Television. ... For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ... For the book by Chuck Palahniuk titled Non-fiction, see Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories. ... The Road to Mars is a science fiction comedy novel by Eric Idle. ... RWT logo. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... William George Rushton, commonly known as Willie Rushton (August 18, 1937–December 11, 1996) was a British cartoonist, satirist, comedian, actor and performer. ...


He also wrote the book and co-wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, (based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail). It premiered on January 9, 2005 in Chicago, before moving to Broadway, where it received the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004-05 season. Monty Pythons Spamalot is a musical based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...


In a 2005 poll to find "The Comedian's Comedian" (UK), he was voted 21 in the top 50 greatest comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.


An example of Idle's idiosyncratic writing is "Ants In Their Pants" - a poem about the sex life of ants. It starts as follows: For other uses, see Ant (disambiguation). ...

'Where does an ant get its rocks off?
How does the ant get it on?
Do ants have it away, say three times a day,
Is it once a week sex, or p'raps none?'

Family

Eric Idle married Lyn Ashley, an Australian, in 1969. They have one son, Carey Idle, born in 1973. They divorced in 1975. Lyn Ashley is an Australian actress who worked in the United Kingdom on television during the 1960s. ...


Idle married his current wife, Tania Kosevich, an American, in 1981. They have one daughter, Lily Idle, born in 1990.


Bibliography

  • Hello, Sailor, novel, 1975  ISBN 0-297-76929-4
  • The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book, 1976  ISBN 0-413-36570-0
  • Pass the Butler, play script, 1982  ISBN 0-413-49990-1
  • The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, children's book, 1996  ISBN 0-7871-1042-6
  • The Road to Mars, novel, 1998  ISBN 0-7522-2414-X (hardcover), ISBN 0-375-70312-8 (paperback)
  • Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python Souvenir Program, Green street Press (U.S.), 2000
  • The Greedy Bastard Tour Souvenir Program, Green street Press (U.S.), 2003
  • The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America, journal, 2005  ISBN 0-06-075864-3

The Road to Mars is a science fiction comedy novel by Eric Idle. ...

Songwriting

Idle is an accomplished songwriter, having composed and performed many of the Pythons' most famous comic pieces, including "Eric The Half-A-Bee", "The Philosophers' Song", "Galaxy Song" (from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life) and, probably his most recognised hit, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", which was written for the closing scene of the film Monty Python's Life of Brian, and sung from the crosses during the mass crucifixion. The song has since been covered by Bruce Cockburn and Art Garfunkel. Idle, his fellow Pythons, and assorted family and friends performed the song at Graham Chapman's funeral. Bruces Philosophers Song (Bruces Song) was a popular Monty Python song rendered in their stage shows ostensibly by a number of cod-Australian university lecturers. ... The Galaxy Song is both an upbeat and nihilstic song from the movie Monty Pythons The Meaning of Life and the album Monty Python Sings. ... The Meaning of Life was a Monty Python comedy film made in 1983. ... The 1991 reissue of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is a popular song written by Eric Idle which originally featured in the 1979 film Monty Pythons Life of Brian and has gone on to become a common singalong... Monty Pythons Life of Brian is a 1979 comedy written and performed by the Monty Python comedy team. ... For other uses, see Crucifixion (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Art Garfunkel in Bad Timing (1980) Arthur Ira Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American white gollywog and actor, best known as half of the folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. ...


In 1990, Idle sang and co-wrote the theme tune to the popular British sitcom One Foot In The Grave. The song was later released, but did poorly in the charts. However, when "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" was adopted as a football chant in the late 1980s, Idle's then neighbour Gary Lineker suggested Idle re-record and release the popular track. This led to a surprise hit, some 12 years after the song's original appearance in Monty Python's Life Of Brian, reaching number 3 in the UK charts and landing Idle a set on Top of the Pops in October 1991. One Foot in the Grave was a popular BBC television situation comedy series written by David Renwick. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Gary Winston Lineker, OBE (born 30 November 1960 in Leicester) is a former English international football striker who scored ten goals in two World Cups for the England national team and is currently a sports broadcaster for the BBC. He is also known for appearing in adverts for the Walkers... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


In 2004, Idle recorded a protest song of sorts, the "FCC Song" in which he lambasts the US Federal Communications Commission for fining him $5000 for saying the word "fuck" on national radio. Fittingly, the short song contains 14 uses of the said expletive. The song is [1] freely available for download. A video accompanying the song, created by Mountain Top CCT, can be viewed at YouTube [2]. In 2005, he received multiple Tony award nominations for his songwriting work on the Broadway musical Spamalot. The FCC song is also a song on PTV (Family Guy), an episode of Family Guy FCC Song is a deliberately controversial and explicit song by British-born Monty Python comic Eric Idle. ... FCC redirects here. ...


In June 2007, "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)", premiered at the inaugural Luminato arts festival in Toronto. Idle himself performed during this 50-minute oratorio, along with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. The composer, John Du Prez, was also present. Shannon Mercer, Jean Stilwell, Christopher Sieber, and Theodore Baerg sang the principle parts. The American Premier was at Caramoor (Westchester County, New York) on July 1, 2007. Soloists were the same as in the Toronto performance, but the accompanying chorus was made up of members of New York City's Collegiate Chorale. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Luminato is an annual multidisciplinary festival of arts and creativity in Toronto, Canada, which begins on the first Friday of June and runs for ten days. ... The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a leading Canadian orchestra. ... John Du Prez (born December 14, 1946 in Sheffield) is a musician who has often worked with Eric Idle for the music for Monty Python. ... Christopher Sieber (born February 18, 1969 in St. ... Westchester County is a primarily suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Tributes

An asteroid, 9620 Ericidle, is named in his honour.[7] Also the Integrated development environment for the Python programming language is called IDLE [8] and another one is called ERIC.[citation needed] 253 Mathilde, a C-type asteroid. ... 9620 Ericidle is an asteroid in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. ... An integrated development environment (IDE), also known as integrated design environment and integrated debugging environment, is a programming environment that has been packaged as an application program,that assists computer programmers in developing software. ... Python is a high-level programming language first released by Guido van Rossum in 1991. ...


Criticism

Idle in recent years has been criticized for commercializing and cheapening the legacy of Monty Python. In Slate, Sam Anderson wrote in the article "And Now For Something Completely Deficient" that though Idle "has earned a spot in Comedy Heaven for his Python days...his jokey "exposure" of his own exploitation (he has called tours "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python" and "The Greedy Bastard Tour") is more irritating than funny." Of Spamalot, Anderson opined that "Python was formed in reaction to exactly the kind of lazy comedy represented by Spamalot — what Michael Palin once described as the 'easy, catch-phrase reaction' the members had all been forced to pander in their previous writing jobs.".[9] Slate is an online news and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley and owned by Microsoft (as part of MSN). ...


Spamalot has had mixed reactions from the other Python members. Terry Jones described it as “utterly pointless and full of air”.[10][11] Cleese lent his support by voicing God in a recorded performance that was integrated into the musical. Palin observed: "It's a great show. It’s not ‘Python’ as we would have written it. But then, none of us would get together and write a ‘Python’ stage show."[12] Terry Gilliam displayed a very mixed comment about the show by calling it "Python-like".[13]


In 1998, Idle appeared in the lead role in the film Burn Hollywood Burn. The film was nominated as 'Worst Picture of the Decade' in the Golden Raspberry Awards (known as the Razzies) - and was awarded five Razzies including 'Worst Picture of the Year'. An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn (though the onscreen title is simply Burn Hollywood Burn) was made in 1997 and released in 1998. ... Razzie Award The Raspberry Awards or Razzies, first awarded in 1981, were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to counterpoint the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ...


In 2000 The Onion gave the album Eric Idle Sings Monty Python: Live In Concert the title of 'Least Essential Solo Album' of the year. It said "the year's true nadir came from an unexpected source, beloved Monty Pythoner Eric Idle, who preceded his depressingly low-rent, if honestly dubbed "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python" tour with the equally unimpressive, if no less accurately titled Eric Idle Sings Monty Python: Live In Concert."[14] The Onion is a United States-based parody newspaper published weekly in print and daily online. ...


There has also been criticism of Idle from the other Rutles, who reunited for the Archaeology album in the mid-1990s without him. On the Channel 4 programme What The Pythons Did Next, Rutles drummer John Halsey (aka Barry Wom), said that he had to switch off Idle's The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch after 10 minutes. Innes was more diplomatic on the same show, saying "we used to think he had delusions of grandeur, now we know it's only grandeur".[15] The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ... This article is about the British television station. ... John Halsey (d. ...


Idle describes himself as "the sixth nicest Python".[16]


Footlights presidency

Preceded by
Graeme Garden
Footlights President
1964–1965
Succeeded by
Andrew Mayer

Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... The elected leader of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, commonly referred to simply as Footlights, is known as the Footlights President. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/portal/2007/02/17/ftdetective1.xml
  2. ^ The Pythons' Autobiography By The Pythons, Bob McCabe (et al), Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2003.
  3. ^ The Life Of Python, George Perry, Pavilion Books Ltd, 1994.
  4. ^ Eric Idle considers suing Shrek makers over gag (2007-05-21). Retrieved on 2007-05-21.
  5. ^ Toni Bonnici (2007-05-21). You are taking the Pyth. The Sun UK.. Retrieved on 2007-05-21.
  6. ^ Eric Idle asks 'What About Dick?'. Variety.
  7. ^ (9620) Ericidle = 1993 FU13 (2007-06-17).
  8. ^ [http://www.objectsbydesign.com/projects/python_uml.html ViewPoint: Python + UML =] (2007-06-29).
  9. ^ And Now For Something Completely Deficient (2007-06-17).
  10. ^ Spamalot’s Tony success is in the can - The Times (2005-05-11).
  11. ^ The insider's guide to Monty Python (2006-10-17).
  12. ^ Michael Palin interview - Time Out (2007-06-17).
  13. ^ Terry Gilliam Quick Stop Entertainment Interview
  14. ^ Least Essential Albums of 2000 (2007-06-17).
  15. ^ IMDB on What The Pythons Did Next (2007-06-17).
  16. ^ Pythonline>Plugs>Idlewild (2007-06-29).

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