Eric Idle, one of the six pillars of beloved comedy troupe Monty Python, has a new memoir, a "sortabiography" titled Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. It's out October 2 and here's the synopsis:

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python—from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, and Robin Williams, all of whom became dear lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving other close friends and luminaries such as Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, and many more, as well as John Cleese and the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian and which has since become the number one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humor that has delighted audiences for five decades. The year 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is marking the occasion with this hilarious memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

To promote the memoir, Eric will be going on a North American book tour that begins in NYC on October 3 at Symphony Space. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Eric also stops in Boston, the Chicago area, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. All dates are listed below.



Eric Idle - 2018 Tour Dates
10/3 - NYC - Symphony Space
10/4 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur
10/6 - Naperville, IL - Pfeiffer Hall
10/8 - Seattle, WA - University Temple United Methodist Church
10/9 - San Francisco, CA - The Curran
10/11 - Culver City, CA - Live Talks LA, Frost Auditorium

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