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Eric always look on the bright side of life Idle a sortabiography by Eric Idle.

February 26, 2019 Comments off

IdleEric always look on the bright side of life Idle a sortabiography by Eric Idle. Pub. weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018.

Life has a simple plot, First you’re here, And then you’re not. These lines start this incredible autobiography by a man who in my opinion ranks alongside Spike Milligan and Eric Morecombe as the funniest man I ever came across. Well not across exactly but we did live on the same planet.

Son of a RAF pilot who was squashed to death hitchhiking home after the War and brought up in an orphanage, he rose to become  a brilliant comedian with Monty Python and was a very good musician as well. He was the man that added Monty to the title while John Cleese added the word Python

This is his life without the shameful bits and on his wife’s instructions the grubby bits but it has everything else. His relationship with the other Pythons, with people like George Harrison, all the Python shows and films and  a record of  60’s television history.

It is full of brilliant quotes such as his own “men have a brain and a penis but only enough blood to feed one at a time” Think about it.

From George Harrison there is “If we had known we were going to be The Beatles we would have tried harder”

Eric Idle is a man who opposed Brexit and to my great envy stood on the terraces at Wembley with Bill Oddie to see England win the World cup in 1966. It will never happen again.

The rest you can find out for your self but remember “always look on the bright side of life”