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:Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:290 pages pages

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

  • Michelle Morrell
    Dec 28, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

  • Jessica
    Dec 05, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

  • Steve
    Jan 23, 2019

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

  • Tim
    Jan 20, 2019

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

  • Danielle
    Dec 26, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

    For a Python fan there are a lot of interesting tidbits. Eg. the number one requested song for funerals in the UK is Always look on the Bright Side of Life. The rest is shameless name dropping and I partied with all of these people. Absolutely devoid of any introspection. Read for ente...

    I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was a pivotal part of my adolescence. It was silly, a little naughty, and totally hilarious. (I delighted in showing it to friends at sleepovers knowing they would never 'get it' on first viewing.) I was vaguely aware of other Monty Python end...

  • Marco G
    Oct 27, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

    For a Python fan there are a lot of interesting tidbits. Eg. the number one requested song for funerals in the UK is Always look on the Bright Side of Life. The rest is shameless name dropping and I partied with all of these people. Absolutely devoid of any introspection. Read for ente...

    I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was a pivotal part of my adolescence. It was silly, a little naughty, and totally hilarious. (I delighted in showing it to friends at sleepovers knowing they would never 'get it' on first viewing.) I was vaguely aware of other Monty Python end...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    I've written more than is probably necessary about music's role in shaping the person I am today. My politics, my belief in the importance of kindness and compassion, my annoying desire to be one or two steps to the side of what's popular ? it's all down to discovering R.E.M. and The...

    Is it not enough I live in your fair country and pay my taxes? Now you wish me to put my hand on my heart and pledge allegiance to a self-righteous, lying, tax-avoiding moron, and his racist, gay-bashing, environmentally dangerous, greedy-bastard, science-denying cronies, who reject e...

    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...

  • Pamela
    Dec 06, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

    For a Python fan there are a lot of interesting tidbits. Eg. the number one requested song for funerals in the UK is Always look on the Bright Side of Life. The rest is shameless name dropping and I partied with all of these people. Absolutely devoid of any introspection. Read for ente...

    I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was a pivotal part of my adolescence. It was silly, a little naughty, and totally hilarious. (I delighted in showing it to friends at sleepovers knowing they would never 'get it' on first viewing.) I was vaguely aware of other Monty Python end...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    I've written more than is probably necessary about music's role in shaping the person I am today. My politics, my belief in the importance of kindness and compassion, my annoying desire to be one or two steps to the side of what's popular ? it's all down to discovering R.E.M. and The...

    Is it not enough I live in your fair country and pay my taxes? Now you wish me to put my hand on my heart and pledge allegiance to a self-righteous, lying, tax-avoiding moron, and his racist, gay-bashing, environmentally dangerous, greedy-bastard, science-denying cronies, who reject e...

    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...

    I enjoyed this book for the most part. When I read Rob Lowe's autobiography, I read some reviews and some people did not like the name-dropping they said he did. But how can you be a celebrity and live in the celebrity world, and NOT drop names? So for Rob Lowe, that was fine. For the ...

  • Joy
    Jan 24, 2019

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

  • Rosi
    Sep 12, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

  • Cheryl
    Jan 01, 2019

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

  • Penny Ramirez
    Nov 05, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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...

  • Ran
    Dec 12, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

  • Alisa
    Oct 17, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 ...

  • Ericka Seidemann
    Aug 24, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

    For a Python fan there are a lot of interesting tidbits. Eg. the number one requested song for funerals in the UK is Always look on the Bright Side of Life. The rest is shameless name dropping and I partied with all of these people. Absolutely devoid of any introspection. Read for ente...

    I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was a pivotal part of my adolescence. It was silly, a little naughty, and totally hilarious. (I delighted in showing it to friends at sleepovers knowing they would never 'get it' on first viewing.) I was vaguely aware of other Monty Python end...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    I've written more than is probably necessary about music's role in shaping the person I am today. My politics, my belief in the importance of kindness and compassion, my annoying desire to be one or two steps to the side of what's popular ? it's all down to discovering R.E.M. and The...

    Is it not enough I live in your fair country and pay my taxes? Now you wish me to put my hand on my heart and pledge allegiance to a self-righteous, lying, tax-avoiding moron, and his racist, gay-bashing, environmentally dangerous, greedy-bastard, science-denying cronies, who reject e...

    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...

    I enjoyed this book for the most part. When I read Rob Lowe's autobiography, I read some reviews and some people did not like the name-dropping they said he did. But how can you be a celebrity and live in the celebrity world, and NOT drop names? So for Rob Lowe, that was fine. For the ...

    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...

  • Rob
    Jan 02, 2019

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

    For a Python fan there are a lot of interesting tidbits. Eg. the number one requested song for funerals in the UK is Always look on the Bright Side of Life. The rest is shameless name dropping and I partied with all of these people. Absolutely devoid of any introspection. Read for ente...

    I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was a pivotal part of my adolescence. It was silly, a little naughty, and totally hilarious. (I delighted in showing it to friends at sleepovers knowing they would never 'get it' on first viewing.) I was vaguely aware of other Monty Python end...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    I've written more than is probably necessary about music's role in shaping the person I am today. My politics, my belief in the importance of kindness and compassion, my annoying desire to be one or two steps to the side of what's popular ? it's all down to discovering R.E.M. and The...

  • Vivian
    Dec 11, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

  • Stephen
    Feb 24, 2019

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

  • P. Kirby
    Feb 04, 2019

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

    For a Python fan there are a lot of interesting tidbits. Eg. the number one requested song for funerals in the UK is Always look on the Bright Side of Life. The rest is shameless name dropping and I partied with all of these people. Absolutely devoid of any introspection. Read for ente...

    I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was a pivotal part of my adolescence. It was silly, a little naughty, and totally hilarious. (I delighted in showing it to friends at sleepovers knowing they would never 'get it' on first viewing.) I was vaguely aware of other Monty Python end...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    I've written more than is probably necessary about music's role in shaping the person I am today. My politics, my belief in the importance of kindness and compassion, my annoying desire to be one or two steps to the side of what's popular ? it's all down to discovering R.E.M. and The...

    Is it not enough I live in your fair country and pay my taxes? Now you wish me to put my hand on my heart and pledge allegiance to a self-righteous, lying, tax-avoiding moron, and his racist, gay-bashing, environmentally dangerous, greedy-bastard, science-denying cronies, who reject e...

  • Georgette
    Oct 07, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

  • Laura
    Oct 14, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

  • Margaret
    Nov 28, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

  • Alona
    Dec 10, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

    For a Python fan there are a lot of interesting tidbits. Eg. the number one requested song for funerals in the UK is Always look on the Bright Side of Life. The rest is shameless name dropping and I partied with all of these people. Absolutely devoid of any introspection. Read for ente...

    I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was a pivotal part of my adolescence. It was silly, a little naughty, and totally hilarious. (I delighted in showing it to friends at sleepovers knowing they would never 'get it' on first viewing.) I was vaguely aware of other Monty Python end...

    Never meet your Idle ...

    I've written more than is probably necessary about music's role in shaping the person I am today. My politics, my belief in the importance of kindness and compassion, my annoying desire to be one or two steps to the side of what's popular ? it's all down to discovering R.E.M. and The...

    Is it not enough I live in your fair country and pay my taxes? Now you wish me to put my hand on my heart and pledge allegiance to a self-righteous, lying, tax-avoiding moron, and his racist, gay-bashing, environmentally dangerous, greedy-bastard, science-denying cronies, who reject e...

    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...

    I enjoyed this book for the most part. When I read Rob Lowe's autobiography, I read some reviews and some people did not like the name-dropping they said he did. But how can you be a celebrity and live in the celebrity world, and NOT drop names? So for Rob Lowe, that was fine. For the ...

    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...

    What a great read! It?s sort of a cross between watching a Monty Python movie and an OK magazine full of celebrity gossip. Eric Idle is SO FUNNY, his sense of humor is my favorite: Not-trying/natural, unapologetic and clever! It does feel at times that he puts himself on the ver...

  • David Wineberg
    Aug 25, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

  • Dave
    Sep 19, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

  • Stephen Robert Collins
    Nov 26, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

  • Phillip Saginario
    Oct 18, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

    For a Python fan there are a lot of interesting tidbits. Eg. the number one requested song for funerals in the UK is Always look on the Bright Side of Life. The rest is shameless name dropping and I partied with all of these people. Absolutely devoid of any introspection. Read for ente...

    I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was a pivotal part of my adolescence. It was silly, a little naughty, and totally hilarious. (I delighted in showing it to friends at sleepovers knowing they would never 'get it' on first viewing.) I was vaguely aware of other Monty Python end...

    Never meet your Idle ...

  • Malum
    Dec 02, 2018

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

  • Mike Donahue
    Jan 03, 2019

    I don?t read many celebrity memoirs, but it only takes a few to recognize patterns. Please see if my observations match your own experiences. I?ll use Eric Idle?s recent book to drive the points home. Have a reason to write one The first, and only truly difficult step, is t...

    Born in South Shields which for me explains a lot because that makes him A Shiely Dogger.A mad jolly sod from Shields. The biggiest disappoint is that there is nothing about One Foot in The Grave , a surprise as was in it & did the theme song . It is the missing bits that let you d...

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is an Audible book I picked up from the library. I always loved The Monty Python gang and all their crazy movies. Idle takes you back to his childhood, and goes from there. It is so interesting how his tough early l...

    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...

    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...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... And through it all Idle managed to find a way to laugh, and make others laugh, too. I don't know if you've ever tried to sign a coconut, and why would you, but it's not easy. Idle is naturally funny and the tone is convers...

    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...

    I'm a big fan of Monty Python so I was eager to read this memoir. I really enjoyed it! Say no more, say no more, nudge, nudge! Eric has had an incredible life and I highly recommend his memoir. He?s known so many famous people too including Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mike Nic...

    According to Eric Idle, his song in Life of Brian entitled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" took on a life of its own following the release of that Monty Python cult classic. As a comedian and songwriter, Eric seemingly recounts every time he was asked to sing the song to an ir...

    very funny autobiography which I really enjoyed and made me laugh a lot ...

    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 like Monty Python well enough, although I am certainly not a super fan. Because of that, I didn't know quite what to expect going in to this biography. I have always felt that Idle always seems really happy and fun (as opposed to eternally grumpy John Cleese), and this biography went...

    Now this was exceptional! I have always loved the Monty Python boys, and their work, but if hard pressed I would usually declare myself a Michael Palin girl. Palin's diaries of the Python years, by the way, are a great read as well. But I may have to rethink my loyalty now as I com...

    A few laughs and some unbidden whistling, a great way to kick off the New Year: Always look on the bright side of life If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be si...

    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...

    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...

    Eric Idle was always my favourite Python. His quick wit and way with words delighted me since I first watched any Monty Python. His memoirs are a delight. Self deprecating in a typically English way, but refreshingly honest and upfront. He doesn't hide from his mistakes or blame oth...

    Eric Idle notes in ?Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? that he?s not very patient. Well, his ?sortabiography,? as the cover says, isn?t a patient one. It?s quick-hitting, not especially revealing but occasionally quite funny, as you?d expect from a Monty Python leg...

    This was a delightful way to spend a month of commutes, I smiled nearly the whole time, and love Mr. Idle even more now. This is his version of life, of which he indeed looks on the bright side. Things I didn't know: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Pink Floyd helped fund Holy Grail. Hi...

    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) ...

    For a Python fan there are a lot of interesting tidbits. Eg. the number one requested song for funerals in the UK is Always look on the Bright Side of Life. The rest is shameless name dropping and I partied with all of these people. Absolutely devoid of any introspection. Read for ente...