Lent 2020 — Day 6

Eric Idle’s life on the bright side

When Eric Idle was very young, he lost his father, a veteran of WWII, in a tragic accident.

Eric was packed off by his overwhelmed mother to an orphanage.

At Cambridge University, Eric made it into the Footlights club, a springboard to British stage and TV shows.

In 1969, the BBC rounded up some bright young chaps for a sketch show which didn’t have a name.

Eric, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam settled on Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Their comedy troupe became an empire, and launched Eric’s career in comedy, television, theatre and film.

Hilarious (5 minute) takedown on President Trump: https://www.dropbox.com/s/08rj6dnh2paqv84/pip.eric.idle.2018.nov.mp3?dl=0

Eric Idle 2014.jpg

Full conversation (54 minutes) with Richard Fidler: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/eric-idle-rpt/11974102

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