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Monty Python’s Eric Idle Has An Epic 6-Year Reading List

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Eric Idle has a beautiful list of books he’s read on his website and that fact alone should fill you with delight. The list is made even better by his brief commentary about each book and why he liked or disliked it. But wait a moment, you say. Isn’t he the chap who wrote Spamalot and ran around dressed like a mid-century British housewife on the telly? Why should I care what he has to say about books? Well I’ll tell you. Before Spamalot and Monty Python and the Holy Grail and that BBC sketch show that captured nerdy hearts around the world there were five graduates of Oxford and Cambridge (ignoring the sole Yank who did artsy stuff). Idle…

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One down, five to go: Getting up close and personal with Monty Python

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  It is easy to forget that the men who make up what began as Monty Python’s Flying Circus started out as writers.  John Cleese said as much when asked if “they ever made things up on stage.” “No, no,” responded Terry Jones immediately. “We aren’t improv actors. Everything is scripted.” “You see, we all started out as writers,” added Cleese. We were at an “add-on” Q&A session in a private room at the top of a bar in the O2, London’s rather amazing entertainment venue, following a performance of Monty Python Live (mostly). Originally meant as a meet-and-greet, the opening night enthusiasm had forced them to hire security and change it to strictly a Q&A session.  We lost the…

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