Eric Idle is a comedic legend mostly known for his situationally-inappropriate sense of humor and his contributions to Monty Python. His new book, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, is named for the bouncy little tune he penned for Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. If you haven’t seen the film, the peppy song is heard during a crucifixion — which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Eric’s sense of humor and why people have loved him for decades.
It’s the sort of thing that’s so wrong, it’s right. That’s Eric there jamming out in the back.
Eric sat with Stephen Colbert to talk about some of the things life hands you when you’re a comedian of Idle’s stature — like the ability to party (and party HARD) with the cast and crew of Star Wars. According to him, there are scenes in The Empire Strikes Back where you can tell the cast is still drunk from the night before, and it’s all thanks to him. Idle also has some great stories about hanging out with the Rolling Stones and purposely getting cars impounded rather than paying for parking.
Colbert and Idle have known each other for a while, and joked back and forth about how Idle’s new book is a “sort of biography.”
What’s a “sort of biography?” you ask. Of course you do!
Idle explains it as a collection of stories that are mostly true, but with the kind of faked sincerity you can only get away with when you’re very old.
Always Look On The Bright Side of Life (the song, not the book) came up in conversation, and it turns out it’s now the #1 song sung at British funerals. Gotta love that British dark humor. When asked what song Eric would like played at his funeral, he answered without hesitation.
He wasn’t about to go with the #1 Brit funeral song, even though he wrote it. Instead, he opted for another song he wrote:
Sit On My Face.
Idle penned the ode to the joys of oral sex way back in 1980 for Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album, and it’s been a classic ever since. We’re not really sure how that would play out at a funeral, and as much as we’re a fan of granting last wishes, we think maybe we’ll politely decline that one.
Twitter, on the other hand…
It puts the fun in funeral.
— Gully (@GroadoSwaggins) October 2, 2018
Dude!! I thought it was just me who wanted that!!
— Rachel (@Rachel_Organa) October 2, 2018
It makes sense. I mean, it’d be hard to do the fish slap thing when one of you is dead.
— SteveSchilling (@BluGold77) October 2, 2018
— €ricÏdlefan (@DrColinfan) October 2, 2018
Life would be fine …
— Barbie ⚡️ (@murdocklover) October 2, 2018
You can watch the Colbert interview here. Have fun!