Thursday, March 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Eric Idle

A very Happy Birthday to Eric Idle, who turns 64 today. He was one of the driving forces behind Monty Python, as well as the creator of "Spamalot," the hit Broadway play which I saw and enjoyed back in 2005.

Eric also is an incredibly talented songwriter, and he authored the classic tune, "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life," the song that closes out the great film, "Life Of Brian." (He and the other Pythons performed it at Graham Chapman's funeral in 1989.) He also wrote and performed in "The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash," a devastatingly funny parody of The Beatles.

Hope you have a great day, Eric.

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Michael Leggett said...

"All You Need Is Cash":

The SNL Parody, had a scene filmed at "Che Stadium", named for Ernest "Che" Stadia;

Needless to say, it had Blue & Orange Panelling, evoking memories of a "Rutles" Concert, $1.30 Seats, Borden's Coupons & a nickname of "Grant's Tomb", after June 15th, 1977;

& Eric Idle narrated that scene, on a gray day, in Corona.

Suldog said...

"Always Look On The Bright Side..." is THE funniest musical scene in the history of movies.

The Omnipotent Q said...

It sure is a great ending to a terrific film...But "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" is still my all-time favorite.

The Omnipotent Q said...

"Che Stadium, named after the Cuban guerrilla leader Che Guvara"......too funny.