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Posts Tagged ‘Eric Idle’

John Cleese is No Fan of Rupert Murdoch

JohnCleeseLiveTalksLAThis penultimate portion of Live Talks LA’s fifth season sold out quickly a month beforehand. A total of 900 copies of John Cleese‘s autobiography were purchased in conjunction with the November 18 Alex Theatre sit-down. And per the full video of the conversation now posted, nearly an equal amount of scintillating anecdotes were shared.

Event series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has matched up a lot of great authors and interviewers over the years, but the pairing of Cleese with Monty Python pal Eric Idle ranks right at the top. Probably the funniest single stretch is when Cleese and Idle recalled touring New Zealand during their earliest days (“We left England in July 1964 and we arrived in Auckland in…” Cleese began, “…in July 1864,” Idle added.)

There were also during the discussion a couple of notable mentions of Rupert Murdoch. At one point, Idle and Cleese talked about having recently read Nick Davies‘ acclaimed book Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch:

Idle: “It’s a very interesting book of how, we won’t mention his name – Rupert Murdoch! – took over England, really, and was responsible for electing Thatcher, Blair, Major and Brown. That power is really extraordinary.”

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Mort Sahl’s Second Wife Was Never a Fan of Bette Midler

For those of you who have Showtime, don’t forget to set your DVRs to tape the channel at 11 p.m. on Presidents Day. That’s when the third episode of the latest season of David Steinberg‘s great program Inside Comedy debuts with the tandem of Bette Midler and Richard Belzer.

The interview with Midler was shot in Los Angeles at the end of last summer. When Steinberg asked about who she opened for at the beginning of her career, it was a performer’s Significant Other who took center stage. “I opened for Mort Sahl, whose wife told me she would put my head through the wall if I ever spoke to her husband again,” Midler recalled. “Those things, you don’t forget.”

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And Now for Something Completely Different: Eric Idle Tweets About Scientology

The posts at The Underground Bunker no longer come quite as fast and furiously as they once did, now that gatekeeper Tony Ortega has a day job. Still, when they do, they’re as fun and informative to read as ever.

Today, Ortega recaps a typically surreal Twitter trail. This one involved, earlier in the week, Monty Python member Eric Idle, a Scientologist, Kirstie Alley and more.

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From Ortega’s summary:

On Tuesday, as we noted earlier, Idle posted a tweet referring to a man named John Wood who has been recognized in the press as Python’s most dedicated fan. But he’s also one of the UK’s most ardent Scientologists, and after some help exposing Wood by Bunker reader Media Lush, Idle publicly distanced himself from Wood and his latest endeavor, a dating site…

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LA’s Spamalot Takes on Sarah Palin

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LAObserved reports:

Wednesday night’s opening performance of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at the Ahmanson ended with creator Eric Idle taking the stage (to a standing ovation, though his name was never used) and describing how the Tony-winning musical comedy was conceived and written in L.A. with an eye toward some day playing at the Ahmanson. “This is a Los Angeles play,” said Idle, who brought composer John Du Prez on stage as well and paid tribute to the other members of Monty Python. Spamalot begins as a retelling of the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” but morphs into a send-up of Broadway musicals that the audience seemed to love. The opening night crowd also roared at new lyrics poking fun at Sarah Palin; yes, Russia is mentioned. John O’Hurley plays the lead role of King Arthur, as he did for two years in Las Vegas.

For tickets go here.