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Eric Idle

Eric Idle

  • 81 years old
  • English
  • Actor, writer, director, composer and comedian

Press clippings

The week in audio: Jon Holmes Says the C-Word

Holmes creates the "men talk cancer" show he needed, featuring Eric Idle, Stephen Fry and more.

Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian, 13th July 2024

Jon Holmes opens up about cancer diagnosis in Radio 4 series

Radio 4 series Jon Holmes Says The C-Word will see The Skewer creator, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer, talking to comedians about their personal experiences of undergoing cancer treatment.

British Comedy Guide, 18th June 2024

Neil Innes tribute to feature Pythons, The Rutles & Idiot Bastard Band

The life of Neil Innes is to be celebrated in a special show, Neil Innes - 'How Sweet To Be An Idiot', featuring performances from Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and former members of The Rutles, John Halsey and Ricky Fataar, plus a raft of comic and music talent.

British Comedy Guide, 5th June 2024

Why are so many entertainers forced to work past retirement age?

From jobbing workers to familiar names, legions of entertainers are working well into their 70s and 80s. Why? Our writer uncovers an alarming story of shrinking budgets, axed royalties, misguided mortgages and paltry pensions.

Rachael Healy, The Guardian, 28th May 2024

Monty Python stars reunite for Sir Michael Palin's birthday - with one notable absence

Sir Michael Palin has marked his 81st birthday with a Monty Python reunion - with John Cleese and Terry Gilliam joining him for a celebratory meal.

Anita Singh,, The Telegraph, 9th May 2024

John Cleese challenges Eric Idle on Monty Python's finances

John Cleese has responded to Eric Idle in the growing row over Monty Python's earnings, coming out in support of Terry Gilliam's daughter, Holly.

British Comedy Guide, 14th February 2024

Monty Python star Eric Idle: 'I'm still working at 80 for financial reasons'

Creator of Spamalot says he sold home last year and that comedy troupe he co-founded in 1969 'is a disaster'.

The Guardian, 12th February 2024

Monty Python And The Holy Grail returns to cinemas

1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail is returning to cinemas in February to celebrate its 48 and a half year anniversary. Some of the screenings will be quote-a-long editions.

British Comedy Guide, 31st January 2024

Monty Python's Spamalot is heading back to Broadway

Eric Idle's Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical returns to Broadway this autumn in a new production directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.

What's On Stage, 2nd August 2023

The neutering of Monty Python

Trans activists are even more censorious than fundamentalist Christians, writes Simon Evans.

Simon Evans, Spiked, 24th May 2023

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