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ERIC Idle, one of the key members of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python, will visit Canberra as part of a speaking tour to promote his autobiography, “Always Look on the Bright Side” in November.
In a 2005 poll of more than 300 comics, comedy writers, producers and directors throughout the English-speaking world to find “The Comedian’s Comedian”, three of the six Python members were voted among the top 50 greatest comedians ever: John Cleese at No. 2, Idle at No. 21, and Michael Palin at No. 30.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus was first aired on the BBC in 1969 and 45 episodes were made over four series. The group’s influence on comedy has been compared to the Beatles’ influence on music.
Presented by the Australian National University “Meet the Author” series, Idle will appear at Llewellyn Hall, Wednesday, November 28. Tickets will be on sale soon.