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Eric Idle on Comedy and Music.

Eric Idle was one of the six original members of Monty Python's Flying Circus which, by the way, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. He wrote many of the songs from the show like, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Since then, Idle has written a number of books. His latest is a comic science-fiction thriller, "The Road to Mars: A Post-Modem Novel." (Pantheon books)

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From the Archives: Eric Idle on Comedy and Music.

Eric Idle was one of the six original members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Idle wrote many of the songs from the show including "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." He has a new CD, “Eric Idle Sings Monty Python, Live in concert.” (Big Monkey Records). Idle is going on tour for this album, beginning 4/29/00 in Pheonix, AZ and ending 6/28 at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Idle has also written a number of books.

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Record producer and songwriter Neil Innes

Record producer and songwriter Neil Innes (IN-ess). He is a founding member of the comedy-rock group "The Bonzo Dog Band." He's also a member of "The Rutles," the band which he and Eric Idle of Monty Python, created as a spoof of the Beatles. INNES is also considered the "seventh Python" player because he provided and performed comedy music for the Monty Python troupe. The Rutles first came to the attention of the public in 1978 when their spoof documentary "All You Need is Cash" aired.

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Actor, comedian, filmmaker, and author Michael Palin

He recreated the journey Jules Verne described in Around the World in 80 Days. Michael Palin turned his journey into a very successful eight-part TV BBC series. He is of course also known for his tenure as a member of Monthy Python's Flying Circus and his appearances in The Missionary and A Fish Called Wanda.

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Monty Python and Eric Idle

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is being re-released in theatres this summer in anticipation of a new DVD release this Fall. Idle has also written a number of books. His latest is a comic science-fiction thriller, The Road to Mars: A Post-Modem Novel.

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Comic Graham Chapman

Comic Graham Chapman was the straight man in the Monty Python troupe who would come in and break up the skits. A physician by training, he was a writer and activist for gay rights. He died in 1989.

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Actor, writer, and Monthy Python member John Cleese

Actor, writer, and Monthy Python member John Cleese. Post-Python, Cleese is best known for Fawlty Towers, and a number of movies, including his 1988 comedy, A Fish Called Wanda. He's also written a book called Families and How to Survive Them with therapist Robyn Skinner, and he makes training films for corporations.

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Graham Chapman and 'The Life of Brian'

Monty Python's Life of Brian — a biblical satire — is being re-released in theatres, 25 years after its first release. We feature archive interviews with four of the players from Monty Python's Flying Circus, starting with Graham Chapman. He was the straight man in the Monty Python troupe, who would come in and break up the skits. A physician by training, he was a writer and activist for gay rights. He died in 1989. (Rebroadcast from July 2, 1987.)

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Eric Idle

Idle was one of the six original members of Monty Python. He wrote many of the songs from the show, including "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," and he produced a CD, Eric Idle Sings Monty Python, Live in concert. (Big Monkey Records). Idle has also written a number of books, including a comic science-fiction thriller, The Road to Mars: A Post-Modem Novel. (Rebroadcast from Oct. 6, 1999.)

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Michael Palin

Palin recreated the journey Jules Verne described in Around the World in 80 Days and turned his journey into a successful eight-part BBC television series. He is, of course, also known for his tenure as a member of Monthy Python and his appearances in The Missionary and A Fish Called Wanda. (Rebroadcast from April 17, 1990.)

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