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, Biography, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography Memoir

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth Davis
    I received an ARC of this title from the Penguin Random House's First to Read.As a fan of Monty Python and Eric Idle's comedy in general, I enjoyed Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. His rich collection of personal stories with a plethora of celebrities and contemporaries are both interesting and enjoyable. His loving tributes to the stellar David Bowie, the ethereal George Harrison, and the brilliant Robin Williams are not only touching but...
  • R.K. Cowles
    3 3/4 stars
  • 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.
  • Melissa Morgan-Oakes
    Entertaining, witty and at times self-indulgent (as autobiography should be?) with enough names dropped to fill a swimming pool, and stories told to piss off just about everyone one way or another (Michael is my favorite and I will not hear evil spoken in that quarter so my moment came about page 193), endless Python references - which, if they don't have you searching ways to queue up a watching binge, there is simply no hope for you - and even ...
  • 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...
  • Jordan Finch
    Maybe I just haven't watched enough Monty Python, maybe I'm just not familiar enough with all the various major players of the time period, but Always Look on the Bright Side of Life just wasn't as fun as I wanted it to be. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments--Idle is a world-renowned comedian for a reason--and the history of the Pythons was interesting, but I found myself skimming pages here and there to get past all t...
  • Bryan Summers
    I was a huge Monty Python fan growing up so when I got the ARC for this I was thrilled. I've never understood why people get annoyed by name dropping. If you hang out with George Harrison and Robin Williams I want to hear about it. I read biographies because of the name dropping.
  • 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.
  • Krista
    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, has the best of everything you want in a Sortabiography. Eric Idle is funny as you would expect, but he is also honest, and of course there is the gossipy name dropping you were hoping for. He tells us about his relationships with the Pythons, as well as many other notables, George Harrison, David Bowie, Robin Williams, just to name a few. Lots of little tidbits that many people may not know. Which rocker m...
  • Jim Razinha
    I am so grateful to the publisher and First to Read for a copy of an uncorrected proof of this! My favorite Python! John is a close second, and I'd read his his voice, so I jumped at the chance to read Eric's voice, of course. Steve Martin said of Idle's novel The Road the Mars."I laughed. I cried. And then I read the book."Idle had me laughing literally out loud several times before he'd gotten out of the introductio...
  • Nancy
    If your a Python fan this is a must read. This is about his life and friendships...loved it.
  • Jenny T.
    This book hits the highlights of Eric Idle's life in humorous fashion accompanied by quite a bit of celebrity name dropping. It was fun to read about the Monty Python days with the movies that followed, the Rutles, and Spamalot. I also enjoyed reading the various times "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" was performed and how the public uses it (sporting events, funerals, etc). A great read for many laughs!Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Bo...
  • Norma
    I loved this book. Period. Say no more.
  • Simon
    Pop Idle!There has been so much written and documented about the Pythons that I wasn’t totally sure I would enjoy this. In the end it was a real joy, some old stories with a new slant and plenty that I had never heard. This is a positive and uplifting story that seems to flash past all too fast. I think it’s so typical of the man that I’ve read the story of his life and I am left wanting more. If I was to make any complaint about this it’...
  • Elyse
    Penguin First-to-Read ARC.I enjoyed this book but probably would have liked it more as an audiobook with Idle narrating. Much like I enjoyed John Cleese's So...Anyway with himself narrating. Adds so much more fun and flair and personality! But this was a good, short sorta autobiography of one of Monty Python's most recognizable members!