Review: ‘The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America’

Tracing his path across North America on a comedy tour (traveling by bus) and into the development of Broadway musical "Spamalot," Idle comes across as anything but a greedy bastard. (The title, he explains, is a rock 'n' roll term for the opposite of a big touring extravaganza: "just you and a geetar.")

Tracing his path across North America on a comedy tour (traveling by bus) and into the development of Broadway musical “Spamalot,” Idle comes across as anything but a greedy bastard. (The title, he explains, is a rock ‘n’ roll term for the opposite of a big touring extravaganza: “just you and a geetar.”)

Along the way, he detours into Monty Python history, the making of various pics (“Time Bandits,” “Life of Brian”) and tales of life with his family and working with the Pythons.

His take on Hollywood is refreshingly unjaded, and his self-assessment typically sardonic for a Brit. His breezy tone makes this diary an amusing read.

The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America

Harper Collins, 325 pgs., $23.95

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Eric Idle
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