Eric Idle

Birth Place: South Shields, Durham, ENGLAND

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Eric Idle is a British comedian, actor, writer, and musician who is best known for his work with the comedy group Monty Python. Born on March 29, 1943, in South Shields, England, Idle attended Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he became involved in the Cambridge Footlights, a student comedy troupe that has produced many famous comedians over the years.

After graduating from Cambridge, Idle worked as a writer and performer on various TV shows in the UK, including "The Frost Report" and "Do Not Adjust Your Set". In 1969, he co-created "Monty Python's Flying Circus" with fellow comedians Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The show, which ran for four seasons, was groundbreaking in its irreverent humor and surreal sketches, and it has since become a cult classic.

Idle was a key member of Monty Python, contributing to many of the group's most famous sketches and characters. He wrote and performed the "Nudge Nudge" sketch, in which he plays a lecherous man who keeps making suggestive comments to a straight-laced customer at a pub. He also played a variety of memorable characters, including the cowardly Sir Robin in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and the hapless Mr. Cheeky in "Monty Python's Life of Brian".

In addition to his work with Monty Python, Idle has had a successful career as a writer and performer in his own right. He wrote and starred in the 1978 film "The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash", a mockumentary about a Beatles-like band that has since become a cult classic. He also wrote the book and lyrics for the Tony Award-winning musical "Spamalot", which is based on "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". The show premiered on Broadway in 2005 and has since been performed all over the world.

Idle has also appeared in a number of films and TV shows outside of Monty Python. He had a small role in the classic comedy "National Lampoon's Animal House" and played a talking skull in the Disney film "The Black Cauldron". He has also appeared on TV shows like "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy".

In addition to his work in comedy, Idle is also a talented musician. He wrote and performed many of the songs in "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and the group's films, including "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from "Monty Python's Life of Brian", which has become a beloved anthem of sorts. He has also released several solo albums, including "Eric Idle Sings Monty Python" and "The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book".

Idle has also had a successful career on stage, both in the UK and on Broadway. He made his West End debut in 1963 in the musical "One Over the Eight", and he has since appeared in productions of "The Mikado", "The Pirates of Penzance", and "The Wind in the Willows". He made his Broadway debut in 2004 in the play "Monty Python's Spamalot", and he has since appeared in productions of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)", a oratorio based on "Monty Python's Life of Brian".

Idle has been honored for his contributions to comedy and entertainment over the years. In 1999, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to entertainment, and in 2016, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has also been recognized by his peers, receiving a BAFTA Award for his writing on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and a Tony Award for "Spamalot".

Despite his many accomplishments, Idle remains humble and grateful for his success. In a 2018 interview with The Guardian, he said, "I'm just a bloke who's been lucky enough to do some funny things and make some people laugh. That's all I ever wanted to do."

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Eric Idle Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Lyrics

Eric Idle, Monty Python’s Spamalot

Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Book of a Musical

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MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Returns to Movie Theaters This Weekend

Monty Python and The Holy Grail, the film that inspired the hit Broadway musical Spamalot, is returning to movie theaters this weekend. Select theatre locations will also be offering a Quote-A-long version of the film for audiences to experience the joy in sharing together, as you quote your favorite lines with the characters.

Photos: Stars Arrive at Opening Night of SPAMALOT!

See photos of stars Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, Vanessa Williams, Victor Garber, Cobie Smulders, and more as they arrive at Spamalot opening night here!

Photos: Get a Look at SPAMALOT Opening Night Bows!

See photos of the opening night curtain call at Spamalot on Broadway here!

Photos: On the Red Carpet at SPAMALOT Opening Night

Check out photos from the opening night red carpet of Spamalot!

SF Sketchfest Unveils Lineup for 2024 Comedy Festival Featuring More Than 200 Shows

SF Sketchfest has revealed the initial lineup for the 2024 Comedy Festival in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale on November 19.

Review Roundup: SPAMALOT Opens On Broadway

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Comedy Monty Python's Spamalot celebrates opening knight tonight at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).   Read the reviews!

Photos: Get a First Look at SPAMALOT on Broadway

Get a first look at photos of Spamalot on Broadway! See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

SPAMALOT Partners With SPAM For a Collector's Can and More Collaborations

The Broadway revival of SPAMALOT is partnering with Hormel Foods, the maker of the SPAM® brand, who will serve as an Opening Knight sponsor. A limited edition SPAM can featuring SPAMALOT art has also been revealed, alongside more fun collaborations!

Video: Eric Idle Announces Steve Martin is 'God' in SPAMALOT on Broadway

Watch Eric Idle announce that Steve Martin will be God in Spamalot on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!

Video: Michael Urie WILL Succeed on Broadway in SPAMALOT

In this video, watch as Richard Ridge check in with Michael Urie, who plays Sir Robin in Spamalot on Broadway!

Review: The New York Pops Celebrates 21st CENTURY BROADWAY Musicals in Their Rousing Season Opener at Carnegie Hall

Under the talented and guiding hand of music director and conductor Steven Reineke, this exceptional orchestra gives Broadway songs a majesty and heft that most Broadway orchestra pits cannot provide.

Photos: Go Inside the First Preview of SPAMALOT on Broadway

See photos from the first performance of Spamalot's return to Broadway!

Review: SPAMALOT at Théatre De Paris

After the huge success of the Mel Brooks musical 'The Producers', 'Monty Python’s Spamalot' was a logical choice to follow suite with another stage adaptation of a hilarious and sometimes bawdy movie, just like it happened on Broadway, where both shows followed one another, winning Tonys.

SPAMALOT to Offer $39 & $44 Tickets Through Rush and Lottery

Discover how to secure discounted tickets for the uproarious Monty Python musical, SPAMALOT on Broadway. Learn about the rush and lottery options available, so you don't miss out on this hilarious show.

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL to Return to Theaters For 48 ½ Year Anniversary

This cinematic event kicks off in over 500 theatre locations nationwide on Sunday, December 3rd with encore screenings beginning on Wednesday, December 6th. Select theatre locations will also be offering a Quote-A-long version of the film for audiences to experience the joy in sharing together, as you quote your favorite lines with the characters.

Photos: Get a First Look at the Cast of SPAMALOT on Broadway

Discover the first photos and cast details from the highly anticipated production of SPAMALOT on Broadway. Get a sneak peek at the cast and their characters in this iconic musical comedy.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld October 10th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is  October 10, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

RENT and MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Extended At Stratford Festival Due To Popular Demand

Stratford Festival extends the run of the musical Rent and Monty Python's Spamalot for a second time due to popular demand. Rent will now run until November 5 and Spamalot until November 18.

Full Cast Set for SPAMALOT on Broadway Starring Iglehart, Kritzer, Urie, Killam & More

Casting is complete for the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

THE COLOR PURPLE, The MUSIC MAN & More Set for Pittsburgh CLO 2024 Summer Series Lineup

Pittsburgh CLO has unveiled the exciting lineup for their 2024 Summer Series. Find out the dates and locations of the upcoming shows.


Eric Idle has not appeared on Broadway.

Eric Idle has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Eric Idle's first West End show was Spamalot which opened in 2012

Eric Idle has been nominated for several awards for his work in the Broadway musical "Monty Python's Spamalot." He received a nomination for Outstanding Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards. Additionally, he was nominated for Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards, and also received a nomination for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards.

Eric Idle has won the Outstanding Lyrics award at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on Monty Python's Spamalot.

Eric Idle has written 2 shows including Seussical (Conceiver), Monty Python's Spamalot (Source Material).

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