Eric Idle - Eric Idle Marks 50 Years Of Friendship With Cleese

Funnyman Eric Idle has marked the 50th anniversary of his first meeting with former Monty Python castmate John Cleese by penning a heartfelt essay about the pair's friendship on his website.

The two Brits met up in February, 1963 and Idle admits his "life changed" on the fateful day.

He recalls performing Cleese's material as a 19-year-old freshman at Cambridge University when 23-year-old Cleese, "a senior member of The Footlights", walked in on a performance of a college revue.

Idle writes, "Imagine, then, a not particularly large room, an ex-19th Century Library, with gabled windows and leaded glass, packed with tables and candles, undergraduates and their dates dressed to the nines, a lot of wine and a great deal of smoke. A small raised platform in one corner was the stage... One of the sketches was an Old Testament Newsreader played by Bill, called Bbc Bc... I played the Biblical Weather Forecaster.

"I didn't know it at the time but that part was written by John Cleese for himself and afterwards in the euphoria a very tall man in a thick tweed suit with dark hair and piercing dark eyes was introduced to me... He was very kind and complimentary, and indeed encouraging."

Cleese urged Idle to audition for The Footlights revue club and the funnyman was voted in a month later. He recalls learning comic timing and confidence from his new pal, and performing with Cleese in London and Edinburgh - while also meeting the other leading members of the Monty Python troupe, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

Signing off, Idle writes, "And now we're still here, and it's amazing to look back and think about it all. So thank you John, for all the laughs, all the funny material, all the support and great lessons in comedy which you generously gave to all of us who had the pleasure of performing with you. You were always the funniest, and always the most serious. I am eternally grateful for the trip. Happy Anniversary."

Cleese directed fans to the essay via Twitter.com on Wednesday (06Mar13), writing, "Many thanks to Eric for his lovely blog commemorating 50 years of friendship."


Contactmusic

Tags: Eric Idle - Monty Python - John Cleese


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Contrary To Her Song Lyrics, Lana Del Rey Worked Her Way To The Top

Lana Del Rey is no stranger to vicious rumours, but she definitely did not...

Contrary To Her Song Lyrics, Lana Del Rey Worked Her Way To The Top

Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album

The album was released only one week ago and sold 103,000 copies to secure the top...

Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album

Peaches Geldof's Cause of Death Confirmed as Heroin Overdose

The second daughter of musician Bob Geldof, Peaches Geldof was thrust...

Peaches Geldof's Cause of Death Confirmed as Heroin Overdose

Robert Downey Jr.IS Iron Man... But For How Long?

You know who he is. Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement in the Iron Man franchise has been...

Robert Downey Jr.IS Iron Man... But For How Long?

Hercules Extended Trailer

Following his deadly ordeal of being put through the Twelve Labours by his father Zeus and his...

Hercules Trailer

Miley Cyrus Appears in Pharrell's New Video 'Come Get It Bae'

Cyrus also features on the track's vocals, and -perhaps most shockingly of all- resists...

Miley Cyrus Appears in Pharrell's New Video 'Come Get It Bae'
Advertisement

That Time Snoop Dogg Puffed Mary Jane at The White House

Snoop Dogg has joined Willie Nelson as weed-loving musicians who have smoked...

That Time Snoop Dogg Puffed Mary Jane at The White House

Gershwinner: Our Top 5 Billy Joel Songs

Billy Joel has long been regarded as one of music’s finest songwriters but it will soon be all more official...

Gershwinner: Our Top 5 Billy Joel Songs

Rob Reiner's 'And So It Goes' Is A Safe Bet At The Cinema This Weekend

Fresh from the critical and box office success of Behind The Candelabra, for...

Rob Reiner's 'And So It Goes' Is A Safe Bet At The Cinema This Weekend


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Eric Idle Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Eric Idle

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All