Thursday, October 11, 2018
in conversation with Bob Saget
discussing his memoir,
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life:
Culver City High School
4401 Elenda St,
Culver City, CA 90230
$55 Reserved Section Seat + signed book
$45 General Admission Section Seat + signed book
$25 General Admission Seats (tickets on sale Sep 10, 10am)
We welcome Eric Idle back to our stage. In Nov 2o14 he interviewed John Cleese when Cleese’s memoir came out, and the video from that event is our most viewed in our YouTube channel — over a million views. Watch it here, and get your tickets early!
Eric Idle is a comedian, actor, author, and singer-songwriter who found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Following its success, they began making films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). Eric wrote, directed, and created The Rutles, the world’s first-ever mockumentary, as well as the Tony Award-winning musical, Spamalot (2005). Follow him on Twitter: @EricIdle
A hilarious, charming, book by this incredible, i̶n̶s̶u̶f̶f̶e̶r̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ genius.” —Steve Martin
“A gentle, sane man has lived a turbulent, crazy life and he’s written a gorgeous book about it. Eric Idle joyously recounts his existence in these pages. Did I say ‘joyfully’? I meant ‘ruefully.'” —Patton Oswalt
“On the last day, when the last human beings look out at the blackened cinders of their world, I can only hope that one of them will sing, ‘Some things in life are bad, they can really make you mad,’ and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life will ring out as humanity’s final words. I loved this biography of a song and the man who made it, and the picture he paints of his life, his friends, his passions, five Pythons, and a Beatle.” —Neil Gaiman
“If I could go back in time and observe any comedian’s journey, I think it would be a terrible waste of time travel. That said, I’d want to see just how Eric Idle and a few friends changed comedy forever. This is the book I have been waiting for most of my life.” —Conan O’Brien
“This tell-all from my comedy hero Eric Idle is brilliant, hilarious, touching, enlightening, filled with swashbuckling adventure, edge-of-your-seat suspense, heart-pounding romance, and contained several typos and one inaccurate fact about the Spanish-American war. I expected more out of Mr. Idle’s proofreading skills, quite frankly.” —Paul Feig
We know Eric Idle best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python—from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, and Robin Williams, all of whom became dear lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving other close friends and luminaries such as Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian and which has since become the number one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humor that has delighted audiences for five decades. The year 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is marking the occasion with this hilarious memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.
Bob Saget is a Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer, producer, and television host who has been performing for more than thirty years. We hosted him at Live Talks Los Angeles in 2014 when his memoir, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, was published. Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. And then there are the legions of fans who can’t get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO’s Entourage and the hit documentary The Aristocrats.
Monday, October 19, 2015
An Evening with Terry Gilliam
in conversation with Sam Rubin
discussing his “Pre-posthumous Memoir”
The Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
*$27.50 Balcony General Admission
*tickets include $2.50 Alex Theatre facility fee
** This is a gorgeous book from Harper Design (retail $40). Books will be pre-signed, available for pick up upon checking in at the event.
Terry Gilliam is a screenwriter, director, animator, actor, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. He is well-known for directing many film cult-classics, including Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), The Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1995), and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). Many of his films have been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe awards, and in 2009 he was given the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award for his contribution to motion picture arts. The only “Python” not born in Britain, he took British Citizenship in 1968. His latest film The Zero Theorem was released on August 19, 2014, and stars two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton. Visit his website.
In Gilliamesque, his “pre-posthumous memoir,” he offers an intimate glimpse into his world in this fascinating book illustrated with hand-drawn sketches, notes, and memorabilia from his personal archive.
From his no-frills childhood in the icy wastes of Minnesota, to some of the hottest water Hollywood had to offer, via the cutting edge of 1960s and ’70s counter-culture in New York, L.A. and London, Terry Gilliam’s life has been as vivid, entertaining and unorthodox as one of his films.
Packed with never-before-seen artwork, photographs and commentary, Gilliamesque blends the visual and the verbal with scabrous wit and fascinating insight. Gilliam’s memoir also features a cast of amazing supporting characters—George Harrison, Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman, Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger and all of the fellow Pythons—as well as cameo appearances from some of the heaviest cultural hitters of modern times, from Woody Allen to Frank Zappa, Gloria Steinem to Robert Crumb, Richard Nixon to Hunter S. Thompson. Gilliam’s encounters with the great and the not-so-good are revealing, funny, and hugely entertaining.
It’s an honor to host Terry Gilliam for the launch event of his book and a wonderful follow up to our event last Fall with fellow Pythons John Cleese interviewed by Eric Idle. Watch that video here. The book is an unrestrained look into a unique creative mind and an incomparable portrait of late twentieth-century popular culture.
Sam Rubin is the entertainment reporter for the KTLA Morning News. Rubin hosts the Emmy-nominated “Live from the Academy Awards,” syndicated nationally by Tribune Entertainment, “Sneaks,” a series of movie preview shows produced in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times, as well as a show for the Reelz Channel. He is a recipient of a Golden Mike Award for Best Entertainment Reporter from the Radio & Television News Association and, as part of the KTLA Morning News team, earned an Associated Press Television-Radio Award for Best News Broadcast.
In addition to his activities at KTLA, he also reports for Tribune’s WGN-TV in Chicago. Nationally, Rubin provides reports for “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” “Show Buzz,” and CNN. On the radio, Rubin reports for Los Angeles’ KNX-AM. Rubin has been previously at Live Talks Los Angeles interviewing Alan Cumming and Garry Marshall.