Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

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 an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school t...

Details Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

TitleAlways Look on the Bright Side of Life
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherCrown Archetype
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Biography

Reviews Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

  • Dave
    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 collective memory. At its best, this book shines when Idle's wit comes out such as talking about his childhood in the orphanage and sneaking out. That's that sly Brit...
  • Alisa
    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 Harrison, Robin Williams) and others who are not household names. Hard to believe that Monty Python is marking their 50 year anniversary! Humor, silliness, and laug...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    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 daughter playing Terry Gilliam, I as Graham Chapman), like thousands of other daft tourists. Your face will ache from smiling while reading this, and it’s chock full of ...
  • David Wineberg
    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 Monty Python characters in bed? Par for the course. Getting married in Lorne Michael’s midtown apartment followed by the reception at Paul Simon’s place, or livin...
  • Georgette
    Excellent. I laughed my ass off (I wish)
  • Laura
    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 parties with people we’re all supposed to have heard of. There was no self-reflection or analysis of his life. When he talked about his divorce from his first wife, a...
  • Rosi
    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/is a moody dick and that he (Idle) knows famous people. I already knew #2 and #3. #1, well...... Just don't expect humor. I would not recommend. I could not even fin...
  • Marco G
    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 of space in the narrative. But his life was filled with Incredible friendships, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, Steve Martin and many many others. He rub shoul...
  • Lauren
    I really enjoyed this sortabiography, full of as much wit and panache as one would expect from a man who is among the living legends of comedy. He avoids oversentimentality in his look back at his career while still handling certain topics with appropriate gravity. Amusing and touching all at the same time and lest you think it too serious, it's an autobiography as only a Python could write, so there's plenty of silliness and button pushing. I re...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Interested in Monty Python and/ or Eric Idle's career and personal life you may want to give this memoir a try.
  • Phillip Saginario
    Never meet your Idle
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    A confession -- I'm not a big Monty Python fan, although I enjoyed the skits back in the 70s, and I have never seen Life of Brian or the other movies. I keep meaning to, but evidently they are not a priority. So I expected to breeze through Eric Idle's memoir, picking the funny bits and moving on. Instead I read the whole thing cover to cover in one sitting, (granted, I was on an 11 hour flight at the time) and enjoyed it very much. There were st...
  • Alice
    Eric Idle is a man who became famous quite young and knows many other famous people, like George Harrison, Robin Williams, and David Bowie. Idle came from a poor background and got to go to Cambridge because of his high intelligence. Ultimately it’s a high-gloss depiction of Eric Idle’s career and amusing things he’s said and written, an entertaining story about a wildly funny man’s success.
  • Stuart Rodriguez
    I enjoyed the absolute hell out of this book. “Sortabiography” is right—this isn’t an exact point-A-to-point-B autobiography so much as it is a collection of related events in mostly chronological order. Idle spends most of the book looking at his pre- and post-Flying Circus career, and the friendships and relationships he made therein. His wit and sense of humor shine, and I’d heartily recommend this for any Python fan.
  • Sandra
    When we were children, my big brother, Gene loved humor, all kinds of humor, he would regale us with jokes at the dinner table or whenever he thought it was needed. He loved Mad Magazine feature Alfred E. Newman, anything that made him laugh or lampooned reality, especially Monty Python and the Flying Circus, and then all the Monty Python movies. I want to say that Monty Python's Life with Brian might have been his favorite. So when I had the opp...
  • Dan Connors
    Monty Python was one of the most bizarre, silly, genius comedy acts of the 20th century and I regret that there's nothing like them in comedy today. Eric Idle was one of the Pythons, arguably the most influential and talented, and his autobiography is one of my favorite books of the year. Comedians often come with tons of baggage and sometimes with dark secrets, but Mr. Idle has none of those. A brilliantly talented, funny man with a happy childh...
  • Kathleen
    It took me a long time to read this book, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end. I discovered Monty Python's Flying Circus as a teenager. By then Graham was gone and once I had consumed their episodes and films, life was pretty much all downhill for me from there since you can only watch Monty Python for the first time once. This book brought me not only new stories about Eric Idle and Monty Python, but a reminder of why I love them ...
  • Paige Jeanty
    Most well-known for his role on Monty Python, Eric Idle paved the way for comedy in the sixties and seventies. Through his memoir, he shares of his triumphs and trials in a hugely humorous and self-deprecating way. With a perfect balance between history, narrative, photos, and story-telling, Idle gives the readers a unique glance into a time where black and white suddenly turns to color, and British comedy leaves it's mark on the world. This ligh...
  • Joyce
    And Now for Something Completely Different was the second movie I saw after we moved to London in fall, 1971--long before Monty Python made it here. We rented a TV for our flat primarily so we could watch this every Sunday night. It's no wonder that I've been looking forward to Idle's book, which, of course, includes info on the Pythons as well as other stars of the time (lots of name-dropping). In fact, we were fortunate enough to see Idle on hi...
  • Cheryl
    Disclaimer first - I received my copy of this book free as a first reads giveaway.I grew up on Monty Python's Flying Circus. I loved the movies. I got some of my friends into the movies. I introduced my own kids to the universe that is Monty Python. I wanted to LOVE this book, but I just can't give it more than 3 stars. There were so many things I learned (who knew George Harrison is basically the reason Life of Brian exists??? I did not know thi...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    What a fun book!! I am a bigger movie than television fan of the Python Boys, so must admit that a fair bit of the book sent me scurrying to Google and YouTube - but I'm a better person for it, by far... What Idle et al. managed to accomplish was nothing less phenomenal than what four lads from Liverpool did: changed the face of an art form. Idle writes exactly the way he speaks/acts, and his tales of the ups and downs of his career (and those of...
  • Mary
    Thank you to Penguin Random House and First to Read for the Advance Galley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. If you are a fan of comedy, Monty Python, or fun biographies in general, this is a great book for you. Eric Idle tells his story and not just the story of the Pythons, which is refreshing. He also tells the story of the comedy scene in his youth and how it came to make him who he is today. I really enjoyed his conversational t...
  • Erin
    I had no idea how Mr. Idle's life had overlapped with so many other big names in the entertaining and rock'n'roll industries. This was a fascinating and amusing read. Totally recommend to any Python fan.
  • Russellmacphailcomcast.Net
    Excellent book
  • Paula Lyle
    Eric Idle has been everywhere and done everything and knows everyone. He tells many sweet stories about it all.I received an eARC from First to Read.
  • Kareemah
    Fun for a Python fan, may or may not appeal to others.
  • Adriana
    I appreciate that Idle starts out by saying that these are the facts as he (mostly) remembers them and that some things might not be as true as he'd like. It's a very honest way to start out what turns out to be a name-dropping bonanza of incredible life opportunities that he worked hard to earn and (at least it seems) like he totally deserved. He admits his errors and, even when glossing over some of them, admits fault when its his. As someone w...
  • Kim McGee
    Having been raised on Monty Python at an early age, I could not have been more delighted to read about its beginnings and that of one of its founders, Eric Idle. We already know what a comic genius he is but as an added bonus you are privy to fantastic stories about most of the biggest names in show business and their unusual connection to Pythons and Eric Idle. These are not stories of stars passing each other at a party but instead, these remar...
  • Jean Kolinofsky
    As a fan of Monty Python, I was looking forward to reading this book. My only disappointment was that I sped through the book and it was over too soon. Idle has written a memoir that is witty, charming and a tribute to his fellow Pythons.As the great-grandchild of a ringmaster and circus manager, show business was in his blood. His early experiences at a comedy club would unknowingly introduce him to other members of what would become Monty Pytho...