Eric Idle's "What About Dick?"




Exclusive Four Night Comedy Event Features an All-Star Cast including:

Russell Brand, Billy Connolly, Tim Curry, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves,

Jim Piddock, Tracey Ullman and Sophie Winkleman


LOS ANGELES, CA, FEBRUARY 20, 2012 – What About Dick?,  a new comedy by Eric Idle, the Tony and Drama Desk Award Winning playwright, ex-Python and creator of Spamalot, will be performed for four nights only at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles April 26th thru April 29th.  The show features eight new songs from Eric Idle and John DuPrez, the Grammy-award winning duo who brought you Spamalot and the Oratorio, Not The Messiah.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 28th at 9 a.m. PST thru Ticketmaster.


"The astonishing cast we have assembled to work on my Dick is a comedy writer's wet dream,” said Idle.  “It’s comedy porn.”

Idle calls What About Dick? an “Emotion Picture for Radio,” set between 1910 and eight o’clock, which tells the story of young Dick (Russell Brand) who is studying philosophy and gynecology at Oxford; his two cousins: Emma, (Jane Leeves) an emotionally retarded English girl; her kleptomaniac sister Helena (Sophie Winkleman) and their dipsomaniac Aunt Maggie (Tracey Ullman) all live together in Kensington in a large, rambling, Edwardian novel.   When the Reverend Whoopsie (Tim Curry) discovers a piano on a beach, a plot is set afoot that can be solved only by a private Dick, the incomprehensible Scottish sleuth Inspector McGuffin (Billy Connolly) who with the aid of Sergeant Ken Russell (Jim Piddock) finally reveals the identity of the Houndsditch Mutilator.

Described by Idle as “Oscar Wilde on acid, or like Downton Abbey, only even funnier,” “Dick” begins with the birth of the personal vibrator, invented in Shagistan in 1898 by Deepak Obi Ben Kingsley (Eddie Izzard), and tells the story of the subsequent decline of the British Empire as seen through the eyes of a piano.  

John Du Prez plays the piano, and Eric Idle appears in his own play as The Narrator. The Grammy-award winning duo who brought you Spamalot (which begins a run at The Pantages Theater February 28th thru March 3rd) and Not The Messiah (a comic oratorio performed at The Hollywood Bowl in 2009) have written eight new songs for the production.

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Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer, and comedic composer. Idle is best known for being a member of the British comedy group Monty Python, in which he both wrote and starred in the television series and subsequent films, as well as having composed and performed many of the Pythons' most famous comic pieces. Idle is the creator, writer and director of The Rutles, an affectionate parody of The Beatles, which was made famous on Saturday Night Live, as well as for writing the Tony-award winning play, Spamalot. As an acclaimed writer, Idle has penned several books including Hello Sailor, The Greedy Bastard Diary, The Road to Mars, The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book, the play, Pass the Butler, and the oratorio, Not The Messiah.

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rufaro: Am I the only hard-line/old school fan of this cast who just can't understand what the really, really unfunny and very greasy Russell Brand is doing with the rest of these superstars? Can I hope that someone will at least make him wash his hair before the performances? Why oh why did you make this casting choice, Eric??? There are 5 of us going (ranging in age from 42-73--I'm guessing we are somehow NOT the target demographic?). We all HESITATED before buying our tickets because of RB. It was a VERY short hesitation, given the comedic "weight" on the other side of the equation, but it was a hesitation nonetheless.