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Monty Python cast takes its final bow

Monty Python cast takes its final bow

LONDON, July 21 (UPI) --Comedy troupe Monty Python took its final bow Sunday after performing its last show in London's O2 arena after roughly 30 years of performing.
Aileen Graef
Monty Python farewell show will be shown in movie theaters worldwide

Monty Python farewell show will be shown in movie theaters worldwide

LONDON, April 24 (UPI) -- Monty Python farewell show "The Last Night of Monty Python" will be live broadcast in movie theaters worldwide.
Annie Martin

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 29, 2014.
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Monty Python adds five more shows to reunion residency

Monty Python adds five more shows to reunion residency

LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The famed Monty Python comedy troupe announced Wednesday it has added five more shows to its upcoming residency at London's O2 Arena.
Monty Python adds more dates for stage show

Monty Python adds more dates for stage show

LONDON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The British comedy troupe Monty Python announced Monday its planned one-off stage show at London's O2 Arena will now be a five-night residency.
Monty Python stars plan live stage show in London July 1

Monty Python stars plan live stage show in London July 1

LONDON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The surviving members of the iconic British comedy troupe Monty Python have announced plans for a live stage show at London's O2 Arena July 1.
Monty Python will announce reunion at Thursday press conference

Monty Python will announce reunion at Thursday press conference

Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Monty Python members Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin will reunite for stage show.
Evan Bleier
Monty Python members to reunite for stage show

Monty Python members to reunite for stage show

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Terry Jones told the BBC he and fellow surviving members of the British comedy troupe Monty Python are reforming for a stage show.
Producer wins 'Spamalot' lawsuit against Python members

Producer wins 'Spamalot' lawsuit against Python members

LONDON, July 5 (UPI) -- British producer Mark Forstater has won a London court case involving the rights of "Spamalot," a musical based on the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

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UPI Almanac for Friday, March 29, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 29, 2012.
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Monty Python troupe to reunite for sci-fi film

Monty Python troupe to reunite for sci-fi film

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- British writer-comedian Terry Jones told Variety he plans to collaborate with his fellow surviving Monty Python comedy troupe members on a science-fiction film.
Monty Python troupe reunites in N.Y.

Monty Python troupe reunites in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The five surviving members of Monty Python reunited in New York to celebrate the premiere of a new documentary about their iconic comedy troupe.
BAFTA set to honor Monty Python

BAFTA set to honor Monty Python

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The surviving members the iconic British comedy troupe Monty Python are to be presented with a special BAFTA honor this fall, the BBC reported.
'Spamalot' U.S. tour set to end

'Spamalot' U.S. tour set to end

NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- The North American touring production of Monty Python's "Spamalot" is scheduled to close in Costa Mesa, Calif., Oct. 18, the musical's producers said Thursday.
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Eric Idle signs copies of his new book "The Greedy Bastard Diary" at Virgin Megastore in New York on March 18, 2005. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer, and comedic composer who wrote and performed as a member of the popular British comedy group Monty Python.

Idle was born in South Shields, County Durham (now Tyne and Wear) in Harton Village, the son of Nora Barron (née Sanderson), a health visitor, and Ernest Idle. His father served in the Royal Air Force and survived World War II, only to be killed in a hitch-hiking accident on Christmas Eve 1945. His mother had difficulty coping with a full-time job and raising a child, so when Eric was seven, she enrolled him into the Royal Wolverhampton School as a boarder. The school began as a Victorian orphanage, and during Idle's time it was a charitable foundation dedicated to the welfare of children who had lost one or both parents. Its pupils, mainly the children of dead English soldiers, still referred to it as the 'Ophney'. Idle is quoted as saying: "It was a physically abusive, bullying, harsh environment for a kid to grow up in. I got used to dealing with groups of boys and getting on with life in unpleasant circumstances and being smart and funny and subversive at the expense of authority. Perfect training for Python."

Idle stated that the two things that made his life bearable were listening to Radio Luxembourg under the bedclothes and watching the local football team, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite this, he disliked other sports and would sneak out of school every Thursday afternoon to the local cinema. He was eventually caught watching the X-rated film BUtterfield 8 and stripped of his prefecture, even though by that time he was head boy. Idle had already refused to be senior boy in the school cadet force, as he supported the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and had participated in the yearly Aldermaston March. Idle maintains that there was little to do at the school and boredom drove him to study hard. He consequently won a place at Cambridge.

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