British comedian, filmmaker, musician and member of the Monty Python creative team, Eric Idle, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UniSA in late November.
The award was presented during a special event, ABC science presenter Robyn Williams In Conversation with Eric Idle, at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Born in the UK in 1943, Idle attended Pembroke College, Cambridge to study English. He became president of the university’s Footlights Dramatic Club where he met some of the team who would become co-writers and performers in Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam.
Pursuing his career after Monty Python, Idle has appeared in 28 television production in the US and the UK, six stage shows and contributed as a writer, actor and/or voice artist in 37 films.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says he is delighted to welcome such an enormous creative talent to the University community.
“There is no greater gift than to be able to make people laugh, and to do that with the wit that Eric does in his music and his comedy, is something special,” Prof Lloyd says.