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Comedy – 1983 – Special – Eric Idle Asks Did Dinosaurs Build Stonehenge


Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer and comedic composer…..and one seriously talented entertainer….who is best know as a member of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python….as well as a member of the parody rock band The Rutles …. in addition to being the author of the Broadway musical Spamalot.  

Idle did most of the writing for Python….which was at his own pace….albeit, he sometimes found it difficult in having to present material to the others and make it seem funny without the back-up support of a partner…..as the other Pythons typically worked in teams….to which Python member John Cleese admitted that this was slightly unfair….when the Pythons voted on which sketches should appear in a show, “he (Idle) only got one vote”. However, he also says that Idle was an independent person and worked best on his own. Idle himself admitted this was sometimes difficult: “You had to convince five others. And they were not the most un-egotistical of writers, either.”  

As the second-youngest member of the Pythons….Idle was closest in spirit to the students and teenagers who made up much of Python’s fan base. Python sketches dealing most with contemporary obsessions like pop music, sexual permissiveness and recreational drugs are usually Idle’s work….which is often characterized by double entendre, sexual references, and other “naughty” subject matter….which was  most famously demonstrated in “Nudge Nudge.“….which Idle originally wrote for Ronnie Barker, but it was rejected because there was “no joke in the words”.  

A competent guitarist, Idle composed many of the group’s most famous musical numbers….most notably “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” which was the closing number of Life of Brian….which has grown to become a Python signature tune. He was responsible for the “Galaxy Song” from The Meaning of Life and “Eric the Half-a-Bee”, a whimsical tune that first appeared on the Previous Record album.  Any way you cut the pie….Eric Idle is a comedic legend….of whom each and every video that we have here at ImaSportsphile of him is pure gold in our treasure chest of memories….and this piece on his idea that the dinosaurs built Stonehenge is classic Idle.

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