Eric Idle

On this date in 1943, Eric Idle was born in the North of England. He attended Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was president of Footlights Revue, and graduated in 1965. He worked in several television comedies, including "The Frost Report." He teamed up with Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman and John Cleese for the enduring TV classic, "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969 - 1974). The cast teamed up for several irreverent movies, including "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), which spoofed religion and the Crusades. "The Life of Brian" (1979) depicts what happens when a peasant, Brian, unfortunately gets mistaken for Jesus. Brian and other crucifix victims (including Idle) memorably end the film singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." "The Meaning of Life" (1983) contains Idle's signature "Galaxy Song," reminding humans of their insignificance. Idle has appeared in many other comedies, including "Nuns on the Run" (1990) and frequently tours the country with his revues. 

The Lord God Made Them All

All things dull and ugly
All creatures short and squat
All things rude and nasty
The Lord God made the lot.

Each little snake that poisons
Each little wasp that stings
He made their brutish venom
He made their horrid wings.

All things sick and cancerous
All evil great and small,
All things foul and dangerous
The Lord God made them all.

Each nasty little hornet
Each beastly little squid
Who made the spiky urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did!

All things scabbed and ulcerous
All pox both great and small
Putrid, foul and gangrenous
The Lord God made them all.

—Composed by Eric Idle, sung by Monty Python team

Oh, Lord, Please Don't Burn Us

“O Lord, please don't burn us.
Don't grill or toast your flock.
Don't put us on the barbecue
Or simmer us in stock.
Don't braise or bake or boil us
Or stir-fry us in a wok

Oh, please don't lightly poach us
Or baste us with hot fat.
Don't fricassee or roast us
Or boil us in a vat,
And please don't stick thy servants, Lord,
In a Rotissomat”

—Composed by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, authored by Graham Chapman and John Cleese

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor; Photo by Jaguar PS,

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