Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python

Eric IdleEric Idle Exploits Monty Python
The Paramount Theater - Seattle, WA  May 16th, 2000
By Pat Ferris

And now, for something completely different...a naked man playing sax!

Monty Python co-Founder Eric Idle is on a North American tour of 20 cities throughout Canada and the United States entitled "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python" which includes some of the greatest skits done in a live-stage scenario. If you saw Monty Python's "Live at the Hollywood Bowl", you'll have a good idea of what the show was like. 

Although it lacked that recognizable chemistry and magic that was apparent when the entire original Monty Python cast performed, it was the most fun I can remember having in months, and my face literally hurt from having a perma-grin from laughing all night!

I was invited to the performance by Phil Moore; the saxophonist in Eric's backing band. Phil and I were childhood buddies and spent our 5th through 12th grade playing music together (we even had our own big-band under the direction of his older brother; the now famous conductor and arranger Lenni Moore), so it was a blast to see how he's matured in his playing and, (like me) immatured in his attitude.

HotBands Editor, Pat Ferris (L) with long time friend Phil MooreThe cast, consisting of three females and two males aside from Eric, as well as a small stage band of veteran professionals, did an amazing job of dance, vocal and instrumental performance, as well as coached audience into   performing most of your favorite Monty Python songs, modernized versions of some, a new rap song called "nudge-nudge, wink-wink", a politically incorrect, feminist version of "The Penis Song" and many new ones. These are available on Eric Idle's CD entitled "Eric Idle sings Monty Python: Live in Concert (Explicit Lyrics)", and is a must for the Monty Python fan as well as for those wanting an education on everything from Philosophy, Astronomy and Anatomy to Venereal disease and why you should like Chinese!

Since the majority of the show included musical highlights from the Monty Python era, I felt it was appropriate for our site, and since they still have 12 cities ahead in their schedule, some of you may have the opportunity to see them.
Pat gets chummy with cast member Shawanna (This chick can SING!)

I had so much fun, I didn't want the evening to end (Know what I mean? Know what I mean?), so if you are looking for a good laugh, want to hear and see a professional musical performance, or need your Monty Python fix, I highly recommend catching their upcoming performances....if you know what I mean...nudge, nudge, wink, wink... say no more, SAY NO MORE!!!

The remaining dates of the Idle tour is as follows:

May 18th, 19th, 20th - Warfield Theater - San Francisco, CA
May 23rd - Convention Center Theater - Sacramento, CA
June 1st, June 2nd - Paramount Theater - Denver, CO
June 4th - Fox Theater - Detroit, MI
June 6th - Chicago Theater - Chicago, IL
June 7th - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
June 9th - Orpheum Theater - Minneapolis, MN
June 10th - Madison Civic Center - Madison, WI
June 13th - Tower Theater - Upper Darby, PA
June 14th, June 15th - Warner Theater - Washington DC
June 17th - Ohio Theater - Columbus, OH
June 18th - Palace Theater - Cleveland, OH
June 20th, 21st - Hummingbird Centre - Toronto, ON
June 25th - New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ
June 27th, 28th - Carnagie Hall - New York, NY
June 29th - Wang Center - Boston, MA