Eric Idle Shares Humor On CD

Eric Idle
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Eric Idle has been making audiences laugh for years, and he continues the tradition with his new comedy CD, "Eric Idle Presents The Rutland Isles."

On the CD, the "Monty Python" and "Rutles" veteran takes the guise of "Nigel Spasm," a fictional British documentary host, who presents a comedic tour of the Rutland Isles, an extinct chain of Masonic islands near Melanoma at the West Pole. As you can tell from that description, it might be a hard place to find - if it really existed.

Idle writes on his "Eric Idle presents The Rutland Isles" Web site that the isles are made up of 498,000 individual islands unvisited by documentary makers in brown shorts, until now.

Some Facts About Eric Idle

  • Born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, UK, on March 29, 1943
  • Idle is one-sixth of the comic troupe, Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • Idle met future Python members, John Cleese and Graham Chapman, at Cambridge University where the three were members of the prestigious Footlights comedy troupe
  • Idle made his professional stage debut in "One for the Pot" in 1965, and his television acting debut in Ken Russell's "Isadora" the following year
  • Cleese, Chapman, Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin came together as contributing writers to the British television series "The Frost Report," from 1966-67.
  • "Monty Python's Flying Circus," aired on BBC-1 from 1969-70 and 1972-74
  • The group made a movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," in 1972
  • Idle published his first novel, "Hello Sailor," in 1975; he saw his first stage play, "Pass the Butler," produced in 1982 ; and he wrote and directed "The Frog Prince," the award-winning debut episode of Showtime's "Faerie Tale Theatre" starring Robin Williams and Terri Garr, in 1982
  • After participating in two more Monty Python movies, Idle appeared in "National Lampoon's European Vacation" in 1985, and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" in 1988
  • In 1989, Idle starred in the NBC fantasy sitcom "Nearly Departed."
  • In 1990, Idle co-starred with Robbie Coltrane in "Nuns on the Run"; and in 1993 he was executive producer, writer and star of "Splitting Heirs"
  • In 1996, Idle re-teamed with Monty Python's four surviving members (Graham Chapman died in 1989) for Terry Jones's live-action "The Wind in the Willows"