Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography

From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor 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 From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny ...

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Title:Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography
Author:Eric Idle
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1984822586
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Reviews

  • Erik
    Oct 27, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-te...

    And Now for Something Completely Different was the second movie I saw after we moved to London in fall, 1971--long before Monty Python made it here. We rented a TV for our flat primarily so we could watch this every Sunday night. It's no wonder that I've been looking forward to Idle's ...

    Disclaimer first - I received my copy of this book free as a first reads giveaway. I grew up on Monty Python's Flying Circus. I loved the movies. I got some of my friends into the movies. I introduced my own kids to the universe that is Monty Python. I wanted to LOVE this book, but ...

    What a fun book!! I am a bigger movie than television fan of the Python Boys, so must admit that a fair bit of the book sent me scurrying to Google and YouTube - but I'm a better person for it, by far... What Idle et al. managed to accomplish was nothing less phenomenal than what four ...

    I loved Monty Python from the beginning. I opened Idle?s book with a bit of trepidation, wondering if it was going to be a one-dimensional, flat on the page Python skit, yet hoping that Idle?s talent for storytelling would shine. And shine it does; Idle is an excellent writer as we...

    What a wonderful book! I am a Monty Python fan and thus I might be a little biased, but I enjoyed this book very much. You get to learn about the early career of Eric and the Pythons all the way through Spamalot and Eric touring with John Cleese. I learned a great deal about Eric, his ...

    I really enjoyed this "sortabiography." Of course, I'm a big Python fan, so that was all I needed to want to pick this one up. Though the book doesn't delve deeply into Idle's life, it does offer a nice glimpse into the years from Monty Python's successful run and onward. I just loved ...

  • Marco G
    Oct 27, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

  • Nina
    Sep 27, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-te...

    And Now for Something Completely Different was the second movie I saw after we moved to London in fall, 1971--long before Monty Python made it here. We rented a TV for our flat primarily so we could watch this every Sunday night. It's no wonder that I've been looking forward to Idle's ...

    Disclaimer first - I received my copy of this book free as a first reads giveaway. I grew up on Monty Python's Flying Circus. I loved the movies. I got some of my friends into the movies. I introduced my own kids to the universe that is Monty Python. I wanted to LOVE this book, but ...

    What a fun book!! I am a bigger movie than television fan of the Python Boys, so must admit that a fair bit of the book sent me scurrying to Google and YouTube - but I'm a better person for it, by far... What Idle et al. managed to accomplish was nothing less phenomenal than what four ...

    I loved Monty Python from the beginning. I opened Idle?s book with a bit of trepidation, wondering if it was going to be a one-dimensional, flat on the page Python skit, yet hoping that Idle?s talent for storytelling would shine. And shine it does; Idle is an excellent writer as we...

  • Sandra
    Oct 16, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

  • Joyce
    Oct 17, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-te...

    And Now for Something Completely Different was the second movie I saw after we moved to London in fall, 1971--long before Monty Python made it here. We rented a TV for our flat primarily so we could watch this every Sunday night. It's no wonder that I've been looking forward to Idle's ...

  • Rosi
    Sep 12, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

  • Alice
    Sep 16, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

  • Wenzel
    Nov 05, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-te...

    And Now for Something Completely Different was the second movie I saw after we moved to London in fall, 1971--long before Monty Python made it here. We rented a TV for our flat primarily so we could watch this every Sunday night. It's no wonder that I've been looking forward to Idle's ...

    Disclaimer first - I received my copy of this book free as a first reads giveaway. I grew up on Monty Python's Flying Circus. I loved the movies. I got some of my friends into the movies. I introduced my own kids to the universe that is Monty Python. I wanted to LOVE this book, but ...

    What a fun book!! I am a bigger movie than television fan of the Python Boys, so must admit that a fair bit of the book sent me scurrying to Google and YouTube - but I'm a better person for it, by far... What Idle et al. managed to accomplish was nothing less phenomenal than what four ...

    I loved Monty Python from the beginning. I opened Idle?s book with a bit of trepidation, wondering if it was going to be a one-dimensional, flat on the page Python skit, yet hoping that Idle?s talent for storytelling would shine. And shine it does; Idle is an excellent writer as we...

    What a wonderful book! I am a Monty Python fan and thus I might be a little biased, but I enjoyed this book very much. You get to learn about the early career of Eric and the Pythons all the way through Spamalot and Eric touring with John Cleese. I learned a great deal about Eric, his ...

    I really enjoyed this "sortabiography." Of course, I'm a big Python fan, so that was all I needed to want to pick this one up. Though the book doesn't delve deeply into Idle's life, it does offer a nice glimpse into the years from Monty Python's successful run and onward. I just loved ...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and First to Read for the Advance Galley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. If you are a fan of comedy, Monty Python, or fun biographies in general, this is a great book for you. Eric Idle tells his story and not just the story of the P...

    I think I've read far too many books about Monty Python. Thankfully, this book is about Eric's life pretty much after Monty Python. So now I know what it's like to be friends with Robin Williams, have dinner with The Prince, and the struggles of putting on a Broadway show. ...

  • Penny Ramirez
    Nov 05, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

  • Cheryl
    Sep 24, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-te...

    And Now for Something Completely Different was the second movie I saw after we moved to London in fall, 1971--long before Monty Python made it here. We rented a TV for our flat primarily so we could watch this every Sunday night. It's no wonder that I've been looking forward to Idle's ...

    Disclaimer first - I received my copy of this book free as a first reads giveaway. I grew up on Monty Python's Flying Circus. I loved the movies. I got some of my friends into the movies. I introduced my own kids to the universe that is Monty Python. I wanted to LOVE this book, but ...

  • Alisa
    Oct 17, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    Sep 04, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

  • Ericka Seidemann
    Aug 24, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

  • Jo
    Nov 08, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

  • Jill Elizabeth
    Sep 28, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-te...

    And Now for Something Completely Different was the second movie I saw after we moved to London in fall, 1971--long before Monty Python made it here. We rented a TV for our flat primarily so we could watch this every Sunday night. It's no wonder that I've been looking forward to Idle's ...

    Disclaimer first - I received my copy of this book free as a first reads giveaway. I grew up on Monty Python's Flying Circus. I loved the movies. I got some of my friends into the movies. I introduced my own kids to the universe that is Monty Python. I wanted to LOVE this book, but ...

    What a fun book!! I am a bigger movie than television fan of the Python Boys, so must admit that a fair bit of the book sent me scurrying to Google and YouTube - but I'm a better person for it, by far... What Idle et al. managed to accomplish was nothing less phenomenal than what four ...

  • Lauren
    Sep 28, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

  • Georgette
    Oct 07, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Oct 23, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

  • Mary
    Sep 29, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-te...

    And Now for Something Completely Different was the second movie I saw after we moved to London in fall, 1971--long before Monty Python made it here. We rented a TV for our flat primarily so we could watch this every Sunday night. It's no wonder that I've been looking forward to Idle's ...

    Disclaimer first - I received my copy of this book free as a first reads giveaway. I grew up on Monty Python's Flying Circus. I loved the movies. I got some of my friends into the movies. I introduced my own kids to the universe that is Monty Python. I wanted to LOVE this book, but ...

    What a fun book!! I am a bigger movie than television fan of the Python Boys, so must admit that a fair bit of the book sent me scurrying to Google and YouTube - but I'm a better person for it, by far... What Idle et al. managed to accomplish was nothing less phenomenal than what four ...

    I loved Monty Python from the beginning. I opened Idle?s book with a bit of trepidation, wondering if it was going to be a one-dimensional, flat on the page Python skit, yet hoping that Idle?s talent for storytelling would shine. And shine it does; Idle is an excellent writer as we...

    What a wonderful book! I am a Monty Python fan and thus I might be a little biased, but I enjoyed this book very much. You get to learn about the early career of Eric and the Pythons all the way through Spamalot and Eric touring with John Cleese. I learned a great deal about Eric, his ...

    I really enjoyed this "sortabiography." Of course, I'm a big Python fan, so that was all I needed to want to pick this one up. Though the book doesn't delve deeply into Idle's life, it does offer a nice glimpse into the years from Monty Python's successful run and onward. I just loved ...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and First to Read for the Advance Galley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. If you are a fan of comedy, Monty Python, or fun biographies in general, this is a great book for you. Eric Idle tells his story and not just the story of the P...

  • Stuart Rodriguez
    Sep 08, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

  • Laura
    Oct 14, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

  • John
    Nov 15, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-te...

    And Now for Something Completely Different was the second movie I saw after we moved to London in fall, 1971--long before Monty Python made it here. We rented a TV for our flat primarily so we could watch this every Sunday night. It's no wonder that I've been looking forward to Idle's ...

    Disclaimer first - I received my copy of this book free as a first reads giveaway. I grew up on Monty Python's Flying Circus. I loved the movies. I got some of my friends into the movies. I introduced my own kids to the universe that is Monty Python. I wanted to LOVE this book, but ...

    What a fun book!! I am a bigger movie than television fan of the Python Boys, so must admit that a fair bit of the book sent me scurrying to Google and YouTube - but I'm a better person for it, by far... What Idle et al. managed to accomplish was nothing less phenomenal than what four ...

    I loved Monty Python from the beginning. I opened Idle?s book with a bit of trepidation, wondering if it was going to be a one-dimensional, flat on the page Python skit, yet hoping that Idle?s talent for storytelling would shine. And shine it does; Idle is an excellent writer as we...

    What a wonderful book! I am a Monty Python fan and thus I might be a little biased, but I enjoyed this book very much. You get to learn about the early career of Eric and the Pythons all the way through Spamalot and Eric touring with John Cleese. I learned a great deal about Eric, his ...

  • Dan Connors
    Oct 20, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

  • Art
    Nov 01, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

  • David Wineberg
    Aug 25, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Nov 15, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

  • Dave
    Sep 19, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

  • Phillip Saginario
    Oct 18, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

  • Kathleen
    Oct 05, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

  • Paige Jeanty
    Sep 30, 2018

    Always a Look on the Bright Side of Life is Eric Idle's sort of autobiography. Of course, we all know him as part of the fire-breathing comedic troupe, Monty Python, famed for a long running tv show and a series of uproariously funny movies that have become a part of our culture and co...

    Rtc ...

    I grew up watching Flying Circus, and loved it, even though I was really too young to understand or decipher the accents (?Spam? notwithstanding). I?ve passed my love of Monty Python onto my kids, even visiting Doune castle to buy coconuts and recreate Holy Grail (with my daughte...

    Eric Idle tells the story of his career as a comedian and a beloved member of Monty Python with the wit, grace, and humor one might expect. He offers a glimpse into his personal life, the not-always-wise choices he made, and some of his enduring relationships with a few famous (George ...

    I was so disappointed in reading this autobiography. It was 250 pages of name-dropping pretension and I came away from it with little respect for Eric Idle. He glossed over his childhood and Flying Circus in the first 30 pages and the rest of the book was comprised of summaries of part...

    Eric Idle doesn?t seem to know anyone who isn?t famous. Everywhere he goes or lives, the famous turn up as neighbors or partiers. If The Rolling Stones knock on the door at midnight, it?s just another night wherever the Idles happen to be. Elvis Presley a huge fan who imitates Mo...

    This was such a fun listen. 3.5, but I rounded up because Python. There was a lot of name dropping - it seems Idle knew everyone there was to know, and then a few more. Who knew he was BFFs with George Harrison? The stories have inspired me to go back and rewatch all the Monty Pytho...

    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish) ...

    The description says: Funny, wit, candor. I could not find any of those things. I found George Harrison's name...plenty of times!!! IMHO this was a boring shout out that Eric Idle wrote to have people believe that he was the comic and leading force behind Python, that John Cleese was/i...

    I love this book. But I am biased because I'm a python fan. It's a sweet funny book from a guy who I admired that is actually a really good writer. There was not a lot of fluff in the book, and I tore through it as fast as I could. his python years take up a surprisingly small amount o...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle 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 fro...

    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching...

    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try. ...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    Cheery but cheeky. "Life has a very simple plot: First you?re here, then you?re not." ? Eric Idle, epigraph for his ?memories of a failed pessimist.? Forty years ago, Eric Idle hung on a movie prop of a cross introducing all of us to ?Always Look on The Bright Sid...

    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits an...

    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you...

    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it?s a high-gloss depiction of Eric...

    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. ?Sortabiography? is right?this isn?t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus ca...

    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Pytho...

    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the y...

    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-te...