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Eric Idle: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life


His friends include Mick Jagger and Steve Martin, and his fans include the late Elvis Presley. He’s a novelist, a songwriter, an actor, a surrealist and a comic luminary. And he’s the author of the most popular funeral song in the United Kingdom. Eric Idle, most famous as one sixth of the Monty Python comedy group, is coming to Melbourne.

In conversation with Michael Williams, Idle will discuss his new book – dubbed a ‘sortabiography’, and named after the iconic song he wrote in 1979 for Monty Python’s Life of Brian, ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’. Idle will discuss his famous Monty Python roles and collaborators and his fabulous career in the years beyond – writing for broadway, acting in Hollywood and working across film, TV and theatre.

Join us for a night of absurdity, wit, and behind-the-scenes stories, at the Athenaeum Theatre.

There will be no live Q&A at this event, but you are able to submit questions in advance via this form. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions in the foyer of the Athenaeum Theatre between 6.30pm-7.00pm at the Wheeler Centre ticketing desk.

Eric Idle will not be signing books after this event. Pre-signed books will be available as part of the ticket and book package.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Our bookseller for this event will be Hill of Content.


Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011. He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015... Read more

Eric Idle

Eric Idle was one of the six original members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He has appeared in many films. In addition to editing the Monty Python books, he has also written novels, including The Road to Mars; a play, Pass the Butler; and a children’s novel, The Quite Remarkable Adventur... Read more


Athenaeum Theatre

188 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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