ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE: A SORTABIOGRAPHY


ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE: A SORTABIOGRAPHY

ERIC IDLE    Book Number: 86647    Product format: Hardback

And now for something completely different... or maybe not as Eric Idle writes a touching yet brilliantly witty memoir taking you from his time at austere boarding school, to a rip-roaring career in comedy, theatre, television, and film. Idle, comedian, actor and singer-songwriter, found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus before a continued success with the Pythons in films followed by his creation and direction of The Rutles (the world's first ever mockumentary) and the Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot in 2005. From the first line of the first chapter: 'It's October 1978 and I'm being crucified', and onwards, every story that Idle recounts will leave you with a smile on your face whether Idle describes abandoning a rented car with Mick Jagger in the middle of Monte Carlo during the Grand Prix, wearing a jock strap meant for David Bowie when Bowie cancelled his appearance as the Pied Piper in Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre, or swapping out Neil Innes's medieval soundtrack for 'swashbuckling Hollywood movie music' when editing The Holy Grail. If the amusing tales are not enough, the name dropping is great fun with references to Eddie Izzard pretending to be a Python, Idle's run in with Henry Kissinger in an elevator after watching the world heavyweight fight between Ali and Quarry at Madison Square Garden, and his close friendship with The Beatles. What makes this memoir so beautiful, however, is the genuine affection in every anecdote whether he is describing the moving moment that his song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" transformed from a caricature to a genuine war song as it was sung by the crew of the destroyer HMS Sheffield, the crew of the stricken HMS Coventry, or introducing his wife Tania through the only Playboy edition in the 1970s not to have a full nude on the cover, celebrating the 'elliptical perfection' of her cheeks and the 'delicious delight of her golden globes' followed by a candid declaration, 'Reader, I married that lady.' The photographs accompanying the memoir are as amusing as the anecdotes themselves ranging from The Holy Grail set in Scotland simply captioned 'soggy', John Cleese with the Virgin Mary, and a still from the 'semi-legendary' "Nudge Nudge" sketch, to portraits of Idle himself such as the author pulling a silly face while attempting to play the piano, shaking hands with his long-time friend John Du Prez, or wearing a tutu and swan headdress when meeting HRH Prince Charles. Impossible not to look on the bright side of life. 6.5" x 9.5", colour and monochrome photographs, 292pp.
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