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Eric Idle's reddit AMA Focuses On 'Dick', Bitch-Slaps, And Python

By Jodi Smith | Lists | September 22, 2015 |

By Jodi Smith | Lists | September 22, 2015 |

Human being Eric Idle stopped by reddit to take questions about any and all things. He also wanted to make us all aware of Dick, a character in his play What About Dick. If you have the time or inclination, you can ask Idle and Eddie Izzard questions on Twitter tomorrow at noon PST/8 PM GMT by using #WhatAboutDick.

Did you get to choose the cast members (for What About Dick) yourself?

Yes I did and I was very honoured to have Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Tracey Ulman, Tim Curry, Jane Leeves, Sophie Winkelman and Jim Piddock. It was a dream team and the most fun time.

If you could go back in time and bitch-slap any historical figure, who would it be and why?

Dick Cheney, for all the harm he did to America

What was the funniest moment you can remember with the rest of Monty Python?

Kicking over Graham’s ashes at The Aspen Comedy Festival

How was it working with Robin Williams?

Almost as good as being his pal.

Do you still see Dan Harmons mother at all?

Oddly he had no mother. He was the result of a virgin birth and too much alcohol.

Ever meet Jimmy Savile? Did he come across as a weirdo?

He was the weirdest twat I ever met. There was never any doubt that he was a creepy predator, as he would take a caravan to his gigs … The depths of his depravity however, surprised even me.

Would you ever consider doing more Monty Python or working with the other members again?

I am touring the East Coast with John Cleese in October. See

What do you think about modern comedy?

I’m in favour of it. Lots of funny people — Garfunkel and Oates, Who’s Live, etc etc

Anyway, what do you think about the current US Presidential election field?

I hate the fucking US Election process. It now seems to last longer than the term of office. It is sooo teduious and dull. I am going to go and live in Fiji till the whole thing is over in thirteen months or more.

What is your favourite memory With George Harrison?

When his face lit up when I came in the room when he was dying. Man said Keltner that’s the first time he’s smiled all day. Got to stop it makes me weep.


What is your favorite charity/cause you want reddit to know about?

I support The LA Free Clinic, and my son has a Tibetan Medicine Clinic in Oz.

Hi Eric, what’s your opinion to PM David Cameron’s genital allegedly being inserted into a pig’s oral body orifice by said Prime Minister?

I am amazed and disgusted. Surely he could find a kosher animal to abuse…

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