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ERIC IDLE has hyphenated his way through life, from being a writer-actor in the legendary Monty Python TV series, to a creator-director of The Rutles, to a singer-songwriter on stage performing rude songs at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and on two highly successful tours of the U.S.: Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003), where he journeyed 15,000 miles across North America in a rock ’n’ roll bus. His Greedy Bastard Diary of that tour is available from Harper Collins. Spamalot, a theatrical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), won him a Tony for Best Musical of 2005 and a Grammy for Best Soundtrack, and is currently on Broadway, on tour in the U.S., in the West End of London, in Las Vegas at The Wynn Hotel, and recently opened in Melbourne. In November his latest play, What About Dick?, had a short tryout in L.A. Not The Messiah, written with John Du Prez, received its world premiere in Toronto in June 2007 and its U.S. premiere the following month.